Caleb Laieski, Prominent LGBT Advocate, Charged with Sex Crimes

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President Obama and Caleb Laieski.


A prominent local activist for LGBT and anti-bullying causes has been indicted on more than a dozen charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

Caleb Laieski, 18, has been nationally recognized for his advocacy, after overcoming anti-gay bullying that led him to drop out of high school. He was prominently featured in an anti-bullying documentary, earned a gig acting as a youth and diversity advocate for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton's office, and even met with President Obama and Vice President Biden to talk about LGBT youth issues.

Recently, however, Laieski was indicted by a grand jury on the sex-crime charges, in a case in which Laieski's alleged to also be a victim.

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Last year, Phoenix Police Detective Chris Wilson, then 43, was arrested in the alleged sexual assaults of a 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy.

Laieski is that 17-year-old. Laieski's indictment doesn't provide details about the alleged crimes but accuses him of engaging in various sex acts with the 14-year-old.

According to court records filed by Laieski's attorney, the teenager is now working as a 911 dispatcher for the Arlington (Virginia) Police Department. On his Facebook page, Laieski proudly tells his friends that he got a score of 96 on the police academy exam.

Wilson, who resigned from the police department because of his impending arrest in the case, met the boys while he served on the PPD's Community Response Squad as a liaison officer to the LGBT community.

Wilson was politically connected, and as explained in a December 2012 New Times story by Monica Alonzo, Wilson's supervisor, Phoenix police Sergeant Mark Schweikert, alleged that Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot and Assistant Police Chief Tracy Montgomery -- who are both openly gay -- were "influencing" how he supervised Wilson.



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toryu88
toryu88

It just proves what I always thought, only a small number of homosexuals are born that way, the rest are just sucked into it....ba-da-bum!

Dino Velvet
Dino Velvet

Homosexual pedophelia in action - sad. This kid is no victim - per the article he told the 14 year old kid to "keep his mouth shut, I have a meeting with Kathleen Sebelius" - LOL, you have to be kidding me, of course this story will get no press because the kid is gay; in order for it to get coverage it would have to be a gay priest so they could bash on Christianity and forget about the fact the priests responsible for the abuse are homosexual pedophiles.

Becky Hanlon
Becky Hanlon

If you are so against the Phoenix New Times, why do you still like their page? If they are so anti your beliefs, and extremist, and liberal, why are you still here? Oh, right, so you can troll and spread your bullshit around like someone might actually listen. No one cares what your PNT media budget was or that you disagreed with them enough to move your business elsewhere - costing you who knows how many potential customers just to prove your "ethics", because the bottom line is you are still here complaining.

Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer

If you dislike PNT so much why do you have them as one of your "pages" on FB? They are a liberal paper no doubt about it. It would be like me having Fox News as one of my pages on FB. It would do nothing but irritate me everything Fox posted one of their far Right void of facts articles. Obviously you can read and do whatever you want but, to me, life is to short to be around shit that irritates me. Just sayin.

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

Yup -- and I ask again, did they EVER print an article in defense or trying to explain away a single incident during the Catholic Church abuse scandal? No they fucking didn't. This is nothing but agenda driven narrative-writing masking itself as journalism. This is why I stopped spending $1500/yr advertising in the PNT.

Christopher Tozzo
Christopher Tozzo

One more time: Step 1: Google "Statutory Rape." Step 2: Google "Romeo & Juliet law" Step 3: Process the fact that AZ's #2 does not apply when the younger minor is under 15.

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

But the crux of the case is the sexual assault of the 14yr old. Again, this is just a deflection to protect an activist whom they agree with. No different than Whoopi Goldberg's 'It wasn't RAPE rape' when discussing Roman Palanski drugging and molesting an underaged teen. Fucking pathetic.

Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer

Well if the Laieski was 18 then yes he should be charged with a crime. But he says he was 16 or 17 so that is what I don't understand. To me the article seemed a little vague with the actual facts.

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

I agree that child molestation is evil... and should never be tolerated nor excused in ANY org (religious or otherwise)... but the PNT NEVER gave such a 'defense' nor explanation of any Christian group. All this story does is try to mute the severity of the crime and placate the LGBT community. This is why I refuse to advertise in the PNT --- they're just a bunch of asshole Progressives that would cover up a murder as long as it promoted their extremist agenda.

Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer

I'm not sure they are giving deference here. Seems like they just stated the facts. Plus everyone knows the Catholic priest that abused children are just evil of the highest order.

Becky Hanlon
Becky Hanlon

Arizona Luke, did you even read the article?

Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer

I don't get it. If Laieski was 16 or 17 at the time why is he being charged with a sex crime? Did I miss something?

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

So you're saying that the 'Victim' here was the ADULT molesting a 14yr old???? I just wonder if you gave such deference during the Catholic Church child abuse scandal. Something tells me you didn't. #PatheticLiberalMedia

Jake
Jake

Why is this thread so full of hate-spewing bigots?

Jake
Jake

So, a 17 year old is innocent if they have sex with someone older than themselves, but guilty if they have sex with someone younger than themselves?

michael.moreliano
michael.moreliano

"The bottom line is that teenagers are wired for sex and unfortunately not endowed with fully-developed brains yet.  We as a society have to start recognizing this and not criminalizing natural conduct."

Teenagers, especially at 17, are moral actors.  If you read the article, you would see that the 17 year old apparently KNEW what he was doing was wrong.

Predation exists wherever an older human being becomes sexually active with a minor.  In my case, an 18 yr old college student seduced me at 13 and left emotional scars that exist to this day, at 60.  

Although my own experience was slight, involved no penetration and I fled in tears the moment I knew what was happening, it was still a huge shock to my naive, unformed male self.

I became semi-suicidal after withdrawing from all social life for a years, deeply unsure of my sexuality.  It wasn't till I was 23 that I found a healing, monogamous relationship with a woman.  So... homosexual predation does have victims.

On the other hand, wing nuts who call for killing gays should be censored.  I have lots of gay friends in conservative politics and get along with them just fine.

shitpants
shitpants

Kind of sick, especially since he was honored by the president.

Are we seeing why 99% of societies throughout history have frowned on deviancy?

scott14nx05y
scott14nx05y

A filthy homosexual involved in sex crimes.  Why does this not surprise me?  If I ever had an opportunity to murder a homosexual, I would do so in a heart beat.  seriously.

sangrevale
sangrevale

One older boy got hot for the nut, and the boy didn't say stop but went along because it felt good? Quoting attorney D.M.Cantor's website "Most often, an arrest occurs when an undercover Officer pretends to be a female who is fourteen (14) years of age or younger in an Internet chat room. The Officer will make contact with the Defendant and then engage in some conversation of a sexual nature. The undercover Officer will usually ask for a photograph to be E-mailed to them, and they may E-mail back a false photograph of a fourteen (14) year old girl." Not two teenagers experimenting, but hey weren't they getting their 'sex-addiction education' from a COP not a POPE this time?

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Next stop in his education will be the seminary.  

If you diddle kids, gay or straight, you need to go to jail.


john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Gay men are a danger to the wellbeing of young boys its been proven time and time again

clintdanz
clintdanz

This is the biggest witch hunt of a teen I've ever seen! There better be a whole lot of evidence, because if there is not, I hope this now 18 year old sues the parents of the 14 year old boy for ruining his reputation! 

Cody Casto
Cody Casto

this is the one article that I find disgusting he was 17

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Jake that's probably due to age of consent laws. I hope that answers your question.

stephenwv
stephenwv

@michael.moreliano  Fortunately there are only 2 hate spewing comments in this thread (so far) the first posted by a Liberal supporter then the one above.  The name he uses shows he is also a deviant.

marcy
marcy

@john043012 

Straight men are a danger to the wellbeing of young girls its been proven time and time again.

Black men are a danger to the wellbeing of our white women it has been proven time and time again.

Jews are a danger to the wellbeign of our financial system it has been proven time and time again.

Two plus two equals seven has been proven time and time again, by idiots like john043012

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

having sex with a14 year old is not ever the fault of the 14 year old

marcy
marcy

@Diane D'Angelo It is a crime because there is a law that prohibits it.  Any other questions?

theloushow
theloushow

@Diane D'Angelo Under state law, a minor who engages in intercourse or oral sex with another minor 14 or younger can be found guilty of a sex crime. Children under age 15 cannot legally consent to sexual activity, even if their partner is also a minor.
Keep your day job, Diane.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

the victim was the age of an 8th grader and the suspect was the age of a senior in high school. they were having sex... this scenario doesn't bother you, Diane?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@Diane D'Angelo Because common sense is not a big factor in law enforcement these days.

stephenwv
stephenwv

@marcy @john043012 "Two plus two equals seven has been proven time and time again, by idiots like john043012"

According to Common Core that too can be a correct answer.   There are laws against "straight men and young girls" too.  

Your other 2 items are the first instance of bigotry and hate being introduced into this thread.  All other posts are referencing the legal aspects.   Liberals with their hate divide this country.   Why?  Because they just emulate their leader.   

Obama divides this nation at every turn.   Religion, sexuality, wealth, politically, and every other way he can think of.  He fuels the fires of hate.   Divide and conquer.   He is successfully conquering and destroying America.  No other President has ever deliberately divided America.  They have all attempted to unify the people.   

stephenwv
stephenwv

@clintdanz  All you can do is sling mud?   Call john names?   And you say John is not very bright??? LOL    Do you do that because you lose on the issue and cannot refute what he says?   Or are YOU just not bright enough?   Which is it?

dkeat80433
dkeat80433

@yourproductsucks2 16 or 17 is the age of a junior in high school, and I was 14 when I was a freshman.  You clearly don't have an agenda in trying to stretch out the worst possible scenario (/sarcasm).  The bottom line is that teenagers are wired for sex and unfortunately not endowed with fully-developed brains yet.  We as a society have to start recognizing this and not criminalizing natural conduct.  There are other ways to discourage these types of relationships without ruining teens' lives for no good reason.  They were two or three years apart.  In NJ, this would not even be a misdemeanor.  Bad luck of the draw in home state=life ruined.  Shameful on the part of Arizona and anyone who misses the forest for the trees.

michael.moreliano
michael.moreliano

@shadeaux14  Perusing D'Angelo's FB page, are we to understand she was the Phoenix Human Rights Commissioner who hired Caleb Laieski and then had to resign in 2012?  If so, very ballsy of her to comment now that the anonymous 17 year old turns out to be, possibly, her protege.

I'm not sure what D'Angelo means by, "How is this a crime?"  If there is a law on the books that spells out the crime; if a grand jury or DA brings charges, how is that NOT a crime... when a trial proves Laieski guilty?

Does D'Angelo believe 17 year olds are not moral actors?  Or does she agree with the comment below about not criminalizing "natural behavior?"  If so, I hope she stays in private practice as a psychotherapist and doesn't return to the public sphere.

Also, those on this thread should read the links to last years New Times articles about Wilson the pedophile cop.  It sure looks like a cabal of gays at City Hall are implicated in this pederasty scandal.

dkeat80433
dkeat80433

16 and 14 years old. You are and idiot, and that is an absolute, if you believe someone should go to jail in that situation. I'm sure you've forgotten what it is like to be a 26-year-old. I'm sure you made no mistakes at all as a 16-year-old. We lose sight of the hard fact that teenagers are wires for sex. It is a legal fiction we have created only relatively recently in law that criminalizes natural conduct. And I'm not talking about adult predators having sex with kids; I'm talking about teens having sex with each other. We are so blinded by some craziness about sex that we enact insane laws that set teens up to ruin their lives instead of actually protecting them. Again, in NJ and many other states, THIS SITUATION WOULD BE COMPLETELY LEGAL. Bad luck of the draw for Caleb. How absolute.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

the law is there to protect the children from others who would prey upon them sexually. sex with children is evil, and is absolute.

marcy
marcy

@dkeat80433 @theloushow 

I agree the law is an ass, and the ass of a law has been used to convict many young men of sexual conduct with 14 year old and younger girls.

Under the law it is legal for a man to marry a 17 year old woman and have sex with her but makes it a felony crime of child pornographer for him to take consensual pictures of his wife's breasts.

The law has many black/white limits, break that limit between taking naked pictures of a girl who is 17 years, 364 days, 23 hours old and 18 years old and you are guilty of a felony.

In the end, Arizona has decided that 14 years of age is too young to be engaging in sexual conduct and criminalizes persons to do so with 14 year olds.  Feel free to ask your legislators to change the law, they are unlikely to do so because Arizona is run by bible thumping idiots who believe sex is evil and believe the law should be used to control their children's sexual impulses.

dkeat80433
dkeat80433

Please. I said nothing about real adult predators having sex with minors. I'm talking about teens that will attend the same high school and maybe even the same classes at the same time being thrown into that situation and then being thrown in jail for doing what teenagers do.

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