One thing we've learned over the years we've spent sifting through Schmuck of the Week candidates: For most of them, schmuckiness isn't a one-time deal. If they've been schmucky once, odds are mighty good they've been schmucky in the past, too.
That seems to be the case for Kevin Gaylor, age 27. His recent bust for a sex text aimed at an apparently random high school girl follows a 2011 incident when he reportedly claimed a Craigslist hook-up was a burglar to avoid getting in trouble with his girlfriend.
Let's start with this week's creepiness. At around 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers learned that a female student at the community's Doherty High School had gotten texts from what's described as "an unknown adult."
The perp's goal was nooky, but he wound up with something very different. After interviewing the girl, who'd told Doherty staff about the messages, officers replied to the texter as if they were her and offered to meet him at a nearby convenience store.
Gaylor showed up at the designated time and place and was promptly cuffed. Afterward, he was booked on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempted sexual assault and obscenity.
Because, presumably, his text wasn't poetry on the level of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Thanks to the incident, Gaylor likely got a chance to reacquaint himself with members of the CSPD who dealt with him back in October 2011.
As we reported back then, cops were called to a four-plex on the benign-sounding street of Picturesque Circle on a report of burglary. The Stetson Hills division responded in force, rolling out five officers to the location. They quickly nabbed the female in question -- but it didn't take much questioning to determine that the tale being told had more than a few holes in it.
The woman told police she'd connected with the reporting party -- Gaylor -- via Craigslist, and had headed over to his place to get "better acquainted."
Feel free to insert a "nudge, nudge" and a "wink, wink."
In the interim, however, Gaylor's girlfriend turned up unexpectedly, and was on hand when the woman arrived. So, presumably to cover his cyber-surfing, Gaylor allegedly phoned police and claimed his Craigslist pal was trying to commit a crime.
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Police say the real crime-committer was Gaylor, who was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor false reporting to authorities.
The first time around, we didn't make Gaylor an official Schmuck of the Week -- which was clearly an oversight on our part. We won't make that mistake again.
Here's a look at Gaylor's double mug shot.
More from our Schmuck of the Week archive: "Kenneth Wheeler, schmuck, gets forty months in prison for Facebook death threats."