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PA: A Kidnapping Law Could Unravel a Life

Friday, June 21, started like any other day for ____ ____. The Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, resident finished his overnight shift at a food-packaging plant and stopped for breakfast around 7 a.m. before making his way home.

While driving through town, ____, 22, saw a girl who he thought was a friend of his younger sister. Rain appeared imminent to ____ and there was a slight drizzle, so he stopped to ask if she needed a ride. When he pulled up beside the girl, he realized that she wasn’t his sister’s friend but asked her if she needed a ride anyway.

“She said, ‘No,’ and I told her to be careful and drove home,” ____ told The Appeal. He went home to take a nap.

By the end of the day, he became the prime suspect in what police described as an attempted child abduction. …

Later that day Hinkle charged ____ with one count of felony luring a child into a motor vehicle. If convicted, ____ would most likely face incarceration in the county jail and he would have to register as a sex offender for 15 years. Full Article

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  1. Anonymous

    So every parent who picks up their child from school could potentially be charged with “Luring a child into a motor vehicle” then, huh? What a ridiculous law!

    • R M

      PA 18 § 2910 §§ A states:
      § 2910. Luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure.

      (a) Offense.–Unless the circumstances reasonably indicate that the child is in need of assistance, a person who lures or attempts to lure a child into a motor vehicle or structure without the consent, express or implied, of the child’s parent or guardian commits an offense.

      So, a parent could not be charged with this law.

  2. SR

    Wow, what a nightmare! “The law is the law” is one of the worst excuses law enforcement can make.

    Next time someone says, “Why aren’t people helping each other? What’s wrong with decency in this world?”, just point them to this article. Why risk helping anyone when laws like this can destroy your life?

    • MG

      A few years back when I was on probation, I asked my probation officer a situational question, that what would happen if I see a child drowning ( because I live right by a lake ) and there is nobody to save the child but me. She told me that she would arrest me on the spot for violation of my terms of probation. She would rather the child drown, then me get involved ( her own words ). I was like wow! – by her disturbing response. and also that child can easily accuse me of grabbing them while trying to save them once it gets out that I’m a registered person.

      No thanks. This is why I mind my own business and not try to be a good Samaritan in any situation.

      and in the immortal words of attorney Jackie Chiles from the Seinfeld sitcom:
      ” Good Samaritan Law ??? No! You don’t gotta help anybody, that’s what this country is all about “

    • Facts should matter

      “The law is the law”

      Perfect example of blind loyalty! Good German just following orders! So, they admit their conscience is clear and they’re not losing any sleep over it, but at some point, they SHOULD be asking themselves: “Why am I doing this? – Is this what I really signed up for? – Am I actually making a difference upholding these draconian measures?”

      Not holding by breath.

  3. Joe123

    “According to the Polly Klaas Foundation, only about 100 children nationally are kidnapped in a stereotypical stranger abduction each year. The majority of child abductions are committed by people the child knows, like a family member in the midst of a custody dispute.”

    Oh no. The charade of endless child sex trafficking, abductions, rapes by strangers, “sex offender monsters” and other Pure BS hysteria has all crumbled apart from one factual sentence.

    • Notorious D.I.K. / Kennerly

      And, in fact, the “100 children kidnapped in stereotypical abduction” is itself, an exaggeration. A very old number from David Finkelhor who helped to bring us the hysteria thirty-five years or so ago.

      • Joe123

        I suspected even the “100” figure was a bit much. I think even a few dozen actual stranger abductions per year would be on the high end.

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