It has been a month since I wrote a column about Vinten Hartung, a Las Vegas police detective who chased a teen-age boy around, lured him with alcohol and then turned him into his personal sex toy.

Hartung met the kid through a baseball team he coached. The child was 15 at the time.

My outrage about this case stemmed from a decision by the Clark County district attorney’s office to drop felony charges against the creep for fear of being “discriminatory toward homosexuals.”

The creep is still supposedly being investigated for two lesser charges of stalking and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Shortly after this case received national exposure in this column, Hartung resigned from the Las Vegas police force. He had been on administrative paid leave.

I write about this case again, not because there have been any significant developments, but precisely because there have not been any.

There have been no new charges from this alleged investigation by the misguided district attorney’s office. None. Zippo. Nada.

It’s not surprising, given DA Stewart Bell’s earlier statement on the case: “We in essence concluded neither the state nor the federal authorities are able to pursue the sexual offenses. It discriminates against a class of people, and that’s not allowed under the equal protection clause of the Constitution.”

The DA’s office characterized the molestation of the boy by an armed government agent as an “intimate relationship.”

Let me ask you a question: If you found out your teen-age son was being molested by a cop, after being chased around and plied with alcohol, would you call that an “intimate relationship”?

The DA’s office based its decision to drop charges on the state’s age-of-consent law. In Nevada, the age of consent is 16. There are several problems with this decision:

  • There is ample evidence to suggest the seduction of this kid by the cop began when he was 15, not 16.

  • Because alcohol was provided to the kid, his judgment was deliberately impaired.

  • The perpetrator of this crime (I’ll call it what it is whether the Clark County officials do or not) carried a gun and represented all the power and authority of the state.

  • There is no evidence to suggest this kid initiated this “intimate relationship.” It was initiated by the cop.

But the biggest problem of all is that this case defies common sense. That’s the real test of justice.

I also find it interesting that no one questions the ability and propriety of the DA’s office deciding that laws currently on the books are just plain unconstitutional and thus unenforceable. Just let John Ashcroft try that.

This is a monstrous case. It makes me sick to discuss it. I get emotional every time I think about this poor kid and his father, who turned in the cop expecting justice. But, having said all that, I plan to keep an eye on the Clark County officials. Because this case sets a bad precedent.

In effect, it turns molestation of little boys into protected behavior. You can’t prosecute pedophilia because it’s discriminatory to do so, say the great legal minds of Clark County. If this decision is allowed to stand, if Vinten Hartung isn’t at least prosecuted on lesser charges, it will provide a signal — a license, really — to pedophiles across Nevada and across the United States.

The North American Man-Boy Love Association, an organized group of pedophiles, must be celebrating this case.

If you never believed there was a clear and present danger posed by these ridiculous “anti-discrimination laws” being proposed to protect homosexuals, I hope this case will awaken you. In many ways, these laws — and what they represent to society — are more dangerous than the criminals they protect.

Let’s get this straight, America: Discrimination against evil is a good thing. Discrimination against bad people and bad actions is a good thing. Discrimination against armed adults empowered by the state who prey sexually on our children is a good thing.

We should encourage that kind of discrimination — and protect our innocent kids.

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