If the tales told by prosecutors about 28-year-old Jason Tremblay are accurate, he's not only a fine candidate for Schmuck of the Week honors.
He's a multi-faceted Schmuck as well.
First, there are the allegations about his interest in having sex with a pair of sisters, ages ten and fourteen, as well as their mother — all of whom were fictions dreamed up by law enforcers working on behalf of Project Safe Childhood.
But that's not all. Tremblay is said to have compounded the schmuckiness by traveling all the way from his home in Ledyard, Connecticut to Greeley in order to be busted.
And he didn't fly there. He drove — a trip that took an estimated 29 hours.
Not exactly time well spent.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Tremblay, whose online profile makes note of an interest in film and 3D animation, as well as employment at a Connecticut casino, found himself ensnared in an inquiry launched by Homeland Security Investigations in December 2014.
The focus was on an unnamed website that provided an online home for groups sorted into categories that included "incest," "jailbait" and "teen.
The site also offered a classified section where users could connect with individuals who shared their interests in rape and more.
Nearly a year later, in November 2015, an HSI agent working in Greeley piqued Tremblay's interest via a persona as a mother with two children. He's accused of sending an e-mail to the faux-mom asking if she was "active with your girls."
This message was the first in a series of communications between Tremblay and the agent, including photo exchanges — and eventually, a meeting for sexual purposes was set up for early February in Greeley.
And so, on February 2, Tremblay hopped into his car and headed for Colorado.
But when he finally arrived, he didn't receive the greeting he expected.
Around 2:20 a.m. on February 4, Tremblay was pulled over by a Greeley police officer, who asked him "about his sobriety and why he was in the vicinity," the U.S. Attorney's Office points out. Shortly thereafter, HSI agents, assisted by the Colorado State Patrol, showed up and fitted him with a pair of cuffs.
Five days later, Tremblay was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of aggravated sexual abuse with children and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, plus two counts of attempted coercion and enticement. The first of these accusations carries a penalty of thirty years to life in prison.
Which would presumably mean a lot shorter commute.
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