Crofton Man Gets Prison For Exploiting Girl, 14

POSTED: 6:57 am EDT August 5, 2008
UPDATED: 9:00 am EDT August 5, 2008

GREENBELT, Md. -- A federal judge in Maryland has handed down a 16-year prison sentence for a former volunteer football coach at Bowie High School who admitted to sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl.

Aaron Burroughs, 37, of Crofton, pleaded guilty last year to transporting the girl to a former Capitol Police sergeant's house in Charles County, then making a video recording of the officer and the girl having sex.

The police sergeant, Michael Malloy, received a 15-year sentence earlier this year for his conviction on a charge of sexually exploiting a juvenile to create child pornography.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.

Ok, first of all, I am not a doctor, and do not possess ANY college or university credits for psycology or any other "psy" words, but this article makes me ask some questions about human nature and such.

This is one of many articles that have been published recently about an adult sexually abusing a minor. On this occasion I am going to leave the adult part out of the equation - there are enough thumpings and poundings about the "Whats and Wherefores" on why a person does this sort of thing. What I want to try to understand is about the children who are being exploited. Specifically (hopefully?) what leads them to be where they are.

Most kids are pretty savy about things in the world that us more "adult" persons had to mostly learn the hard way. In this I mean that kids in this day and age get greater exposure early on in life about pretty much everything due to video and television. Either from a movie or in real life, via the news, the information is always available.

So the question is, what is it that can be used to entice any child age 12 and up to participate in actions such as what is relayed in the story above? A part of me refuses to believe that these kids went willingly and participated willingly once the situation starts to unfold. Perhaps in some cases (very extreme?) that might be true, but I would hope not at least.

What brings a kid to say "Ok, I'll do it"?

NOTE: I am not trying to lay any sort of blame to the youngsters who get stuck in this sort of situation, I still do not believe that its "their fault". Just trying to understand.