Parent set up fake porn profile in revenge against school official

Frustrated by a school official who allegedly confiscated his son's iPod, a man -- since convicted of ID fraud -- sets up a porn profile in the official's name in attempt to shame him, a report says.

Frank Hendricsen, now the Interim Principal of the school. Gateway Pointe Elementary School Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Ask not why people do things. Ask how it felt when they've done them.

I wonder, indeed, how Robert Dale Esparza Jr. must have felt last year when he set up a fake profile on a porn site. It was in the name of Frank Hendricsen.

Not necessarily a sexy name, that. But it so happened to be one belonging to the assistant principal at the school attended by Esparza's then 13-year-old son.

I find myself moved by the reporting of the Arizona Republic on the conviction of Esparza Jr. for taking the identity of another and computer fraud.

You see, Esparza Jr. wandered on to a porn site, created the profile and then added 20 porn videos to it. This didn't quite satiate. So he began to enter into sexy chats on the site and even set up an e-mail address under Hendricsen's name.

His idea was apparently to excite those who subsequently Googled Hendricsen. They would discover his allegedly racy second life.

Detective Dennis Ogorchock, of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes Unit told the Arizona Republic: "I'm sure this guy (Esparza) felt that it was funny, thought it was a joke. He definitely could have damaged this guy's (Hendricsen's) reputation and his job prospects."

What caused this all to come to court is that last year Hendricsen was offered a position at another school. Then one of the parents performed a Web search and unearthed his apparent proclivities, which, astoundingly, lost him the job offer.

The porn site cooperated with the police investigation and Esparza Jr. was located through his IP address. Hendricsen ultimately seems to have survived the ordeal, for he is now the interim Principal at the very same school then attended by Esparza Jr.'s son: Gateway Pointe Elementary.

But, really. What had caused the drive for this misbegotten revenge? Well, it seems that Esparza Jr. believed that Hendricsen had confiscated his son's iPod. That was it. Nothing more that I can find.

There is no evidence that this happened and the iPod never reappeared. However, now Esparza Jr. -- who, according to police, initially said his son was the miscreant -- is likely destined for jail.

No matter how much pleasure some things give you at the time, they need to be thought through. Otherwise, the laughter may turn to tears, handcuffs, and very difficult stares from men you've never met.

 

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