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Thursday
Feb232012

Fake Sex Ads Land Ex-Boyfriend in Slammer

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Oregon man landed in jail earlier this week after allegedly posing as his pregnant ex-girlfriend and posting sex ads on Craigslist.

Andre Flom, 31, posed as his ex-girlfriend and posted her name, address and phone number in ads inviting men to her Portland, Ore. home for sexual encounters, Detective Levi Yandell told ABC News. The messages were written to appear as if the woman wrote them herself.

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The first ads were posted in November, shortly after Flom was convicted of strangling his ex in an act of domestic violence, court documents show. At the time, strangulation was a misdemeanor in Oregon, and Flom received probation, Yandell said. The victim is pregnant with Flom’s child, according to Yandell.

The victim, who also has a 2-year-old son fathered by another man, told detectives that after one of the ads posted, about 15 men showed up at her home asking for sex. The victim’s toddler was home when the men came calling.

“When you do that and you think it’s funny, there’s something wrong with you,” the victim’s mother told ABC News Portland affiliate KATU. She asked not to be identified because, she said, she and her daughter have been humiliated enough. Flom posted some ads with the victim’s address and phone number, and some with her mother’s address and number.

“I have like 100 texts, max, on my phone. I’d get that in like five minutes,” the victim’s mother told KATU. “The kinds of things that were being said were pretty obscene.”

There were also ads offering free trees on the victim’s property for anyone who wanted to dig them up, and one offered a children’s play structure to anyone who wanted to fetch it from her property. All told, Flom posted 37 ads from November to January.

Detectives were able to trace the IP address used to post the ads to Flom’s neighbor, who told detectives that his wireless Internet was not password protected.

While the victim sought help from police shortly after the strange men started showing up at her door, it took months for detectives to follow the “digital footprints,” Yandell said.

The victim has a restraining order against Flom. He is charged with aggravated identity theft, computer crime and identity theft. He is being held at the Multnomah County Iverness Jail on $30,000 bail.

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Sunday
Dec052010

Ad Campaign Promoting Atheism Draws Ire and Protest

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- This holiday season, after the marathon of shopping and stressful travel comes to a close, the masses will finally gather to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. But one group says it is using the most religious time of the year to call attention to the plight of an often forgotten group: non-believers and atheists.

Advertisements paid for by the American Humanist Association -- an organization of non-believers -- have been popping up on television, radio and on billboards in cities across the country. The organization has spent more than $200,000 to get their campaign out into the public this season, with the hope that it will encourage atheists across the country to step out of the closet.

The association said it chose to launch the controversial – and to some, highly offensive – campaign at the end of the year to promote its agenda and counter the religious overtones of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah holiday season.

"Us doing these ad campaigns during the holiday season shouldn't be any different than doing them any other time of year, except for this idea that criticizing religion is taboo," said Roy Speckhardt of the American Humanist Association. "Well, we'd like that taboo to be set aside."

Atheists tend to agree that religion is oppressive and far too intrusive in American society and politics, and liken their situation to that of homosexuals 20 years ago, he said.

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