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The outreach coordinator of Milwaukee’s homosexual “PrideFest” is now facing a felony charge after police say he sought to meet a 14-year-old boy via the Internet for a sexual rendezvous.
According to authorities, David W. Bodoh, 42, of Wauwatosa, Wis., apparently made contact with a boy from Oconomowoc, and eventually set up a meeting with an undercover state agent who posed online as the child.
The boy’s foster mother is said to have discovered explicit e-mails between her son and Bodoh in January, and contacted police.
Last month, the state agent acting as the boy made contact with Bodoh on a website geared toward homosexual connections.
According to the criminal complaint, Bodoh set up a meeting with “the boy” at Brookfield Square Mall on July 12, where the suspect promised to give the boy the “ride of his life.”
When Bodoh arrived on his motorcycle, he was arrested by officers from several agencies, but told them he was merely planning on taking the boy out for a meal.
He was charged with using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, and, if convicted, faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Though Bodoh’s name has been removed from the PrideFest website, an archived version indicates he was part of the production team for the 2007 event, listed as “Community Outreach.”
According to its website, “The mission of PrideFest is to advocate, celebrate and educate the general community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community with regard to all aspects of LGBT culture. To accomplish this, PrideFest produces an annual Pride celebration. Educational events include, but are not limited to, exhibits, lectures, art and community outreach which fully display the diversity of LGBT culture.”