Ryan Wappel may have a baby face, but in December, the Longmont eighteen-year-old was convicted of an innocence-robbing sex crime and sentenced to eight years of sex-offender probation.
Which he allegedly broke while teaching "dance moves" to two kids, age seven and nine.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Wappel pleaded guilty to a "criminal attempt to commit Internet sexual exploitation of a child," following accusations that he'd exchanged "suggestive text messages and naked photos" with elementary-school age boys either he or a friend was babysitting. The arrest warrant referenced one child who allegedly offered a photo after Wappel said, "I'm going to hurt you if you don't send one back."
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Wappel's probation calls on him to stay away from kids and to immediately inform his probation officer and therapist if he'd accidentally encountered any -- and he did, sort of. The Camera reports that he told his overseers that he'd tossed a ball back to a couple of children once or twice, when he actually hung out with them for forty minutes. Wappel, who's back in Boulder County Jail on a $100,000 bond, subsequently claimed he'd been teaching the youngsters dance moves.
Wonder if they included the Back Behind Bars Shuffle...
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