Idaho Teen Posts 'Boy For Sale' Ad

Sandpoint, Idaho, police say a Craigslist Internet ad offering a 4-year-old boy for sale for $5,000 was the work of a bored Idaho teenager.

Sandpoint police Lt. Corey Coon says he tracked the ad to a 17-year-old who says he posted it as a joke. The teen says he used a boy's photo he found on the Internet.

A Spokane, Washington, woman initially spotted the ad and alerted authorities. Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Damon Simmons tracked the author through search warrants served on Internet service providers. After tracking the computer that created the post to northern Idaho, the sheriff's office turned the case over to Sandpoint police.

Coon tells The Spokesman-Review he's investigating possible criminal charges, such as identity theft or fraud.


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  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Apr 28, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    With only the facts given in this story to go on, in my opinion trying to peruse criminal charges against this child for a joke is just stupid and a waste of tax dollars.
  • by Momof2 on Apr 28, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    I also remember being a teen. I remember the prank phone calls. The point is what would have happened had it been for real and people thought must be some kids joking around. He needs to understand that this really ISN'T funny. Criminal charges may be a little much though.
  • by Laura Location: greenville on Apr 28, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    To Jo-What bible are you reading? Can you quote that scripture? chapter? verse? Who wrote the verse? Who was the verse addressed to?
  • by CNG Location: roper on Apr 28, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    Give the child a break.... We need to remember some of the things we did as teens... It doesn't mean he is gonna grow up to be a killer..I totally agree with Diane..used to love to make those kinda prank calls when I and my friends were teens.... And SURPRISE I didn't turn out to be a telephone terrorist!!!!! lighten up people!!!
  • by Diane Location: Ayden on Apr 28, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    Geesh, people, it was a joke. How many of you were bored in their youth and picked up the phone and asked someone "Do you have Prince Albert in the can?" With today's technology, its the SAME THING!!! PS I am not a kidnapper/rapist or a killer!
  • by Pinky on Apr 28, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    LOL Thats kinda funny lol idk why but it is lol
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 at 04:45 AM
    Bored Teenager?? HA. I could give him some work to do. Their are plenty of people needing help cleaning their homes, washing their cars, mowing their grass & working at any job. Parents don't let your teens get bored. Keep them busy, if not this is the result. Craziness.
  • by Jo Location: East Coast on Apr 28, 2010 at 04:24 AM
    Think this "bored" teenager won't try again? Think he won't go through with it if someone makes and offer? Think again. Here is your next kidnap/rape/killer. RIP Somer Thompson, Shaniya Davis, Mikayla Garrecht, and so many others. Bible says criminals of this caliber are to be executed to "purge the evil" from your midst.
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