Not to rationalize a criminal act, but I wonder if the sexually repressed climate at Liberty University played any role in this. When masturbation is seen as a sin, you’re only allowed to hug another person for three seconds, and you’re not allowed any more PDA than holding hands in public, this is one hell of a way to rebel:
A Liberty University student is behind bars after being arrested in a sting to catch Internet sexual predators.
State Police arrested 22-year-old Jamison Dean Gibbs of Acworth, GA, Friday at the conservative Christian school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
He was charged with attempting to take indecent liberties with a child and using an electronic device to solicit a juvenile.
Stafford County Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Detective Darryl Wells pretended to be a 13-year-old girl from Fredericksburg during online conversations with Gibbs that began in October.
Kennedy said Gibbs tried several times to set up meetings with the girl.
At least no actual little girl was involved.
This isn’t a trend at the school — It’s an isolated incident. But I’m so curious what was going through Gibbs’ head… whether his upbringing had anything to do with this or whether he would’ve done this had he gone to a more secular school. Or maybe the climate has nothing to do with it and he’s just messed up.
(Thanks to Jeannette for the link!)