|Dustin Canup and Sareena Morrison|
The Adam Walsh "child protection and safety" act was originally written to protect children. Now think about this. Many people who are busted for online stings didn't actually commit a crime, but they probably would have. Now the same thing applies to these vigilantes. They potentially would have kidnapped a child, extorted someone they claim is a "pedophile" and maybe worse. Now, instead of the Adam Walsh Act punishing everybody who harms children, it is only going after those who committed, or would have committed, a sex crime. Now if this act was working like it was originally intended, then they would be placed on an online child abuse registry for everyone to see, not to mention a dangerous offender registry, kidnapping registry, and possibly others.
By Robert Allen
A Loveland woman accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to rob a pedophile and kidnap his daughter was sentenced Tuesday to probation, public service and mental health treatment.
Sareena Morrison, 18, took a plea deal of attempted extortion and is to spend four years on probation, avoiding prison time, after she was arrested in January on charges that included attempted kidnapping and robbery. Her codefendant, Dustin Canup, 20, is set for sentencing Aug. 13 after taking a plea deal to the same charge, a Class 5 felony.
The pair were arrested at the Hiway Motel in Loveland, where they believed they were meeting a man and his 6-year-old daughter. Instead, Loveland Police detectives rented the room as part of an undercover investigation after finding Morrison through a citizen's tip. They found handcuffs and a 12-inch knife on Canup, according to the affidavits.
"Morrison and Canup admitted to planning to meet (men found through a pornographic website) and extort them for money or take their money by force if necessary when they met," according to the affidavits. "(The two) admitted that they were planning on kidnapping this 6-year-old girl from Loveland, keeping her, and raising her as their own daughter."
Morrison is to serve 120 hours of public service and is not allowed contact with Canup, per order of 8th Judicial District Judge Thomas French.
The two told Loveland Police Department investigators in January of their scheme to use a pornographic website to
The couple told police Canup had lost his job, they were seeking money and they had no intention of having sex with children.