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Local figure arrested on child porn charges

Humboldt County Sheriffs arrested community organizer Cole Machado on porn charges.  Press Release:

EUREKA – Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a Eureka man Tuesday after finding him in possession of child pornography. Detectives were made aware of the case after receiving a report from a concerned citizen. After an initial investigation and developing additional information, Detectives obtained a search warrant Tuesday for the residence of Cole Jack Machado. Upon serving the warrant at Machado’s Quaker Street residence, Detectives confiscated personal computers, cell phones, and other evidence. The electronics will be analyzed by a computer forensic specialist with the District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives arrested Machado at his residence and booked him into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of child pornography. Machado posted bail and was released. He is scheduled to appear in court August 3, 2010.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case should call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

More at the Journal.

The day before his arrest Machado updated his twitter page:

At the courthouse in court 8 people charged with illegal camping and illegal campfire. What has the world come to?

  1. Humboldt Politico
    July 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    What campaigns has be worked on? Just curious.

  2. July 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Click the link on “community organizer” above. He’s an organizer for the movement for marriage equality.

    The Journal says he “ran for a seat on the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees.”

  3. Nano
    July 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    “Cole Machado – Northern NorCal Coast: Cole Machado was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), which taught him the incredible skills of leadership and organizing. After leaving the Church Cole worked as the Humboldt County Co-Chair for the Hillary for President campaign and even got to organize a reception for President Bill Clinton in Humboldt County. Later he served as a board member for Humboldt Pride. When LGBT rights were put on the ballot he worked full time as a volunteer for No on 8 in and he helped make sure Prop 8 failed with a 60.1% No vote in Humboldt County. Following the passage of Prop 8 Cole organized the November 15th Join the Impact protest in Eureka with an estimated 500 people participating. He went on the found Impact Humboldt to further LGBT rights awareness in his community. Professionally Cole is President of The Machado Group a marketing and advertising agency and is an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.”

  4. Decline to State
    July 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    He’s allegedly into gay child-porn? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…no wait, there is!

  5. High Finance
    July 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I feel so sorry for him. He has some kind of retardation, help me if you know a better word for his condition, and he wanted to be liked so much.

  6. July 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    First of all, let’s not jump the gun here. People have been arrested for supposed child pornography that may consist of any number of things. Some of you might have read stories of parents getting arrested for having pictures of their naked kids. Something not unusual for parents to have back before the child porn and sex crime hysteria started winding up.

    I know a few months back I read of some soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan who was taken into custody for receiving a picture from his wife of one of their kids less than fully clothed.

    That said, this certainly hits close to home. While I’ve never met him I know Cole visits the blogs. I believe he became my Facebook fried when he read on my blog I opened a Facebook account.

    I notice 15 of my other FB “Friends” (which includes some of you) are also Friends with Cole and he’s involved in umpteen Facebook groups and causes. This probably hits close to home with a lot of us.

    Still, I’m not jumping to conclusions and I’m guessing since he’s already out on bail this might be not as bad as it looks. For us, anyway. It’s probably just about as bad as it can get, for him right now, except they didn’t keep him in jail.

  7. July 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    He is out on bail.

    From the Journal:

    “Images were found during the initial investigation,” said Brenda Godsey of the Sheriff’s Office moments ago. Godsey couldn’t say too much, but she did say that the images found spoke for themselves — that they were not ambiguous, as might be the case with some pornographic images.

  8. Smokemonster
    July 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Fred,you are a sick bastard making excuses for a child molester,just because he was able to bail out you think it might help prove his innocence? No it means he had 10% of bail amount,you ‘friends’ of this molester should let him babysit your kids

  9. July 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    No it means he had 10% of bail amount,you ‘friends’ of this molester should let him babysit your kids.

    There we go with the typical (and expected) response that this guy is a convicted child “molester” already, and we’re defending child molesters.

  10. Anon
    July 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Fred, your initial response really was troubling. You wrote, “Let’s not jump the gun,” and “… this might not be as bad as it looks.” I don’t understand your impulse to minimize this guy’s arrest.

  11. humbeau
    July 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    This guy worked at the CR Children’s Center at one point.

  12. July 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    don’t understand your impulse to minimize this guy’s arrest.

    It’s because I know that a lynch mob starts up immediately after someone is arrested for something like this. A lot of people see red and can’t even think straight. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, especially in cases where others can’t seem to help but get all emotional about what someone’s accused of.

  13. Not A Native
    July 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hey, keep to the reported facts. No where is it alleged he’s a molester. Maybe its fair to say he’s accused of being a pervert.

    The child porn laws are intended to protect children from the creators and distributops of the material. Consumers of the material create a market so they’re sanctioned too. To stop socially undesirable activity, all the participants need to be considered. Like drug laws sanction producers, traffickers, and users. And like immigration enforcement applies to employers. Fair is fair.

  14. Mr. Nice
    July 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I got the torches, bring your own pitchforks. When will we know if this shit was some home-made pr0n with him and his jailbait fuck buddy making a video or if he was paypaling rape incest photos? Or is that how he made money? Imma jump the gun and go ahead and assume that kidnapping children is how he made money.

  15. Smokemonster
    July 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The sad thing is I read the stor, posts and then I posted. then saw his picture,yeah he looks lik3 a real stand up guy I couldn’t ever imagine that guy touching little boys,fred are you one of his alias’?

  16. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    July 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, what is society coming too?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  17. July 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Smokemonster wrote, I couldn’t ever imagine that guy touching little boys,fred are you one of his alias’?

    Love that. You don’t like his appearance, so he’s obviously a child molester.

    And, of course, since I’m asking for some perspective on this issue, as opposed to a lynch mob, I’m obviously Cole himself.

    Well done, asshole.

  18. Anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Fred:

    How is your sidekick doing in jail in Oakland? You know the one who tried to start the civil war against liberals you’re always talking about by shooting at cops? You visited him yet to plan the next maneuver in your war?

  19. Anon
    July 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Fred you are not alone waiting to hear what this is all about…pretty brave to stick yer little neck out there under your own name. Not me.

  20. The Great Anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Fred: “It’s because I know that a lynch mob starts up immediately after someone is arrested for something like this. A lot of people see red and can’t even think straight. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, especially in cases where others can’t seem to help but get all emotional about what someone’s accused of.”

    Funny you should mention lynch mobs. They used to form, just as you say, while emotions were hot. By the time cooler heads got into the act, the lynch mob had already done its job.

    Of course, in the days of “real” lynch mobs, some innocent people, almost all of them black men accused of sex crimes against white women, really were strung up with ropes and hanged from trees.

    Today, in the day of the “high-tech” lynch mobs, it is usually just the person’s reputation and ability to make a living that is destroyed, along with their ability to ever live again in their old home town.

    (Conservatives take note: Conservative Justice Thomas has written about high-tech lynchings. He believes he was the intended victim of one.)

    Want an example of an innocent man whose life was nearly destroyed by a “high-tech lynching?” Remember Richard Jewell? Google it. Remember that the whole country was calling for his blood. You and I were probably screaming, too. “A bomber! A lousy, no-good bomber! Get him! You get the rope! I’ll find a tree!”

    But Richard Jewell was not guilty of any crime and just because somebody in the government said he was guilty did not make it so.

    We had all better let cooler heads prevail on this local situation, infuriating as it is, or any of us could find ourselves in the same situation.

    You don’t think it could happen to you? Are you sure? You never look at online porn? Are you sure no overzealous (crusading) police investigator could use your search history to call you a pervert and lock you away?

    Thanks, Fred, for sticking your neck out. Reminds me what my Dad used to say. The facts will come out as the court system does its job.

  21. Anon
    July 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    freak

  22. Anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    “Well done, asshole.”

    Well said. Fred’s right.

  23. Jillian Miles
    July 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Let me start off with I TRIED TO TELL EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!! no one gave a shit about what I was telling them and if they did they didnt speak out….. I worked with him at Mervyns. Our first conversation… well he comes into the wreck room excited about having his check, he then states but I’m not going to get ne of it… after the other person there and I didnt ask why, he stated because my boyfriend will take it all. I countered thats not a relationship thats called getting used!!! I said he’s probably cheating on you… Which he reply’s no…. well with a certain age group.. here I am sitting thinking older guys… he pops off with 12yr olds!!!!!!!! Then I’m like well how old is your boyfriend.. Hes says 24… I start going off on him telling him how disgusting he is and how if he knows whats best to never speak to me again, yes that was a threat but I’m not going to apologize for not respecting or caring for a petophile!!! I get out of my seat and leave, he tried to run after me and asked me not to tell ne 1.. Which of course I did!! I told everyone the second I got… He was working in the mens department which is directly across from the boys department…. I told managers, the head manager of the whole store… Employees everyone I knew… They didnt do ne thing about it!!!! Well lets just say I was never nice to him…. He tried to say high to me one day and I told him to shut the hell up and dont speak to me, he asked me what my problem was!!!!! I yelled your a petiphile!!!!! he said and is there a problem with that!!!!!!!!!!! not to mention the groups of 9-14 year old little boys coming in and wanting to beat him up for inappropriate actions…. That boyfriend of his was also the Bee at Hometown Buffet!!!!!!! I cant even discribe my disgust for this ignorant piece of trash!!!!! Please dont think this is an attack on gay people, I’m all the way for gay rights, sum of my best friends are gay… One of them was at Mervyns with us too and He’ll tell you the same stories!!!!!!!!!! This guy is one of the lowest forms of human I can think of!!!! I faintly remember calling the sheriffs office on him as well in 2007 for my concerns of him working that close to children…. If ne one has ne doubts about him and his “innocence” you really need to think again!!!!! Wanna hear another little story ok well here goes…. When he was watching the childrens side, his boyfriend and him were caught by the boys dressing room, when the actual childrens person came back to check the dressing room there was a used condom!!!!!! Notice how these people didnt fire him until after more and more allegations of him being sexually inappropriate with his words to co-workers and to customers…. also his boyfriend was no longer allowed in the store period!!!!! Everyone can think what they want, but the sooner you pay attention and notice his behavior and the looks he gives people the faster you can save ne child he might want to go after. Im telling you that when I have metioned him to certain people they can vividly remember going to school with him and noticing then his sexually disturbed behavior….. I’m glad some one finally got this piece of thrash caught up!!!!!!!! I guess they had the one thing i didnt, proof…… Better late then never i guess????

  24. July 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    “I don’t understand your impulse to minimize this guy’s arrest.”

    Perhaps when Anon graduates to the eighth grade, they’ll cover due process in his civics class.

  25. the reasonable anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Child pornography is a very serious matter because it exploits the children who are photographed or filmed, amounting to a particularly twisted form of child abuse. Individuals who download or otherwise obtain pornographic images of children are partly responsible, albeit indirectly, for this abuse and in my opinion ought to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    That being said, I have to agree with TGA and Fred’s comments about people jumping the gun by assuming guilt before it’s been proven. Look, it’s perfectly appropriate for bloggers or other media to report the arrest and what the police say about it, and it’s fine for us commenters to express our disgust with child porn in general, and to discuss this *alleged* incident in particular, as long as we don’t lose sight of the fact that it is not yet proven.

    If you want to you can even opine that based on what you’ve heard so far that you THINK it likely WILL be proven (and that if it IS proven you would want to see significant penalties applied to the defendant) but you ought to at least be honest that at this point you really can’t know for sure.

    When some commenters above have begun to talk as if being accused and arrested was basically the same thing as being convicted, well, that’s always troubling. And when it only takes a couple of hours and only until the 8th comment in the thread for someone to label the defendant a “child molester,” which he hasn’t even been accused of nor arrested for by the cops, much less convicted of in court, well, that’s just really irresponsible.

    Let the cops and courts do their jobs and in the meantime, comment all you want, but please try to stay grounded in the facts or at least admit when you’re speculating and offering opinions that cannot, at least of yet, be proven.

    Believe me, if the guy is *convicted* of child porn charges, I won’t have any problem denouncing and excoriating him. But we’re not there yet.

  26. The Great Anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Jillian, if you re-write your post using clearer English, more people will be able to understand what you are trying to say.

    And people aren’t saying “ne” thing about his “innocence.” They are saying he hasn’t been convicted of a crime yet, only accused. The court system in America has to prove a person’s guilt in a court of law before they are considered guilty. Heresay isn’t evidence. If you can’t read the Constitution, at least watch a few episodes of “Law and Order.”

  27. Smokemonster
    July 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    T.r.a-the police are doing their job,they arrested the person in question on child porn charges. Which I might add is not a ‘common’ crime amongst the innocent,yes there have been rare cases of mistakes/overacting of family photos,but I’m willing to wager that is not the case here. You won’t see these charges dropped

  28. The Great Anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Thankfully, we live in the United States of America, where matters of guilt and innocence are decided in courts of law, not based on people’s hunches.

  29. the reasonable anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Yes, Smokey, they arrested the person on child porn charges, but NOT on child molestation charges. Both are disgusting crimes, but there is a difference.

    Here is what you wrote above that I objected to:

    “Fred, you are a sick bastard making excuses for a child molester…”

    Now I don’t disagree that in some respects Fred is a “sick bastard,” for instance when he calls for violence against those he disagrees with and gushes over the wonderful victory he anticipates when his dream of an actual shooting war between “left” and “right” forces comes true. (That guy down in the Bay area who was trying to go after the ACLU and the Tides Foundation was a sick bastard in a similar way to Fred, except that he actually did more than flap his gums…though thankfully he couldn’t keep it together and was driving erratically and was pulled over and the shootout with officers ensued, so he couldn’t fulfill his Fredesque fantasy of slaughtering unarmed liberals at their offices).

    But in this case I think you went way overboard, because I don’t think Fred was “making excuses” for Machado, not to mention that the guy is not even accused of being a “child molester,” much less proven to be one as your comment implied.

  30. The Great Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

    If he is found guilty, his punishment will be decided according to the laws that we, through our representatives, have put into place.

    No matter how harsh his punishment might be, many people will say it is not harsh enough.

    If people believe harsher punishments will protect innocent children from harm, then the laws should be changed.

  31. the reasonable anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 12:17 am

    And Smokey, I should have said “…as your comment asserted” rather than using the word “implied.” You did more than imply that he was a child molester, you outright stated that he was one. I think you ought to withdraw that accusation unless you have something to back it up.

  32. Smokemonster
    July 23, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Okay honesty time here, you want to believe that someone enjoys child porn,BUT,wouldn’t touch one? Now go look in a mirror and say it. How does it feel lieing to yourself? Why do other types of porn exist beside straight sex? Because that is the type of sexual activities the viewer is in to.

  33. mresquan
    July 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Why do we need juries and judges when we have “Smokemonster”?Perhaps,sir,a Society with Sharia Law is more suitable for you.

  34. textwrapper
    July 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The rules don’t apply to Smokemonster, especially rules of grammar and syntax.

  35. humbeau
    July 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Let me repeat myself from yesterday. “The guy worked at the CR Children’s Center.”

  36. a friend
    July 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    This is a sad and confusing time for people who know and like Cole. I’ve always known him as an intelligent and enthusiastic young man, and I never had any idea that there might be something like this.

    I’m certainly not minimizing the severity of the charges, but I’m hoping that this is just a mistake, some kind of understanding. I’ll also trust in the legal system and presume that’s he innocent until proven guilty.

  37. bob
    July 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Cole was and is an aggressive homosexual. After declining several of his unwarranted advances I threatened to call the police. At that point he backed off. Cole clearly has issues with personal boundaries, and other various issues. Now we can add purveyor of kiddie porn to the list of crimes he has committed against people in the community. As for his punishment? The courts consider sex with children a lesser offense than unpaid parking tickets so he’ll get off unless he’s pissed off one of his higher ups.

  38. Timmy
    July 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    That’s the fat man who was watching me in the park. He told me he had some candy in his pocket for me. I ran away because my mom told me never to talk to strange men.

  39. Joe
    July 23, 2010 at 11:06 am

    @Smokemonster

    Your assessment about porn is ridiculous. Of course there are people who watch child porn who would never actually touch a child.

    There have been loads of studies that show many people who watch “fantasy” porn (threesomes, orgies, nurses, cops, etc…) do not actually enjoy or take part in those activities even when given the chance.

    Penn and Teller – Bullshit “War on Porn”

    http://www.megavideo.com/?v=9B05CAX9

    (Warning: A mature rated television show from HBO)

    I’m not defending those who watch child porn. I agree with many comments above about its harm and this guy deserves a harsh sentence if convicted.

  40. the reasonable anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Smokey, maybe people who check out kiddie porn ARE all people who want to want to molest kids, or at least much more likely to want to molest kids than other people. I don’t know. What I do know is that unless you actually molest kids, you’re not a child molester. Similarly, wanting to kill someone is not the same as being a murderer. So far, we have an accusation of possession of child pornography, and this crime, if proven, is plenty despicable in its own right. There’s no need to exaggerate or extrapolate.

  41. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    July 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    tra,

    what do ya think about the intentional secret police set-ups for child molester possibles? What is it – dateline or something – where a t.v. show gets an adult to type on a computer keyboard acting like a child to set the responder up for an on-site get-together. So, since no actual child is involved, this operation uses “role playing” to convict people. Now, be it as it may the the responders are probably perverts, but questioning the “pre-choreographed set-up” is fair, don’t you think? If they get them discovered and incriminated on typing stuff, why does it take the person to come by to show intention on something never real, but manifested as a “make-believe incident” all inclusive of adults only?

    Just thoughts on the weirdnesses going on in peoples heads on all sides.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  42. July 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    fred is wise, reasoned and brave today.

  43. July 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

    we should not publish photos and names until convictions occur, regardless of the crime.

    that would give teeth to innocent until proven guilty, in the court of public opinion.

  44. Mrs Tinkle
    July 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    “I feel so sorry for him. He has some kind of retardation, help me if you know a better word for his condition, and he wanted to be liked so much.”

    Actually, High Finance, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate term.

    I can’t believe people are defending Cole. Okay, sure, innocent until proven guilty, but guess what? There are pictures that are going to bring him down mighty quick. It’s never the people you expect, that’s why they make the worst monsters- they’re able to prey right under your nose.

  45. Mrs Tinkle
    July 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Joe writes: “There have been loads of studies that show many people who watch “fantasy” porn (threesomes, orgies, nurses, cops, etc…) do not actually enjoy or take part in those activities even when given the chance.”

    The difference between cop porn and child porn is that child porn is ILLEGAL. What an adult dressed as a cop does to a consenting adult dressed as a clown nurse or whatever is altogether different than child pornography. I fear for those who can’t tell the difference.

  46. July 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks Admin

  47. suzy blah blah
    July 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    -i like a guy who can squirt you with the flower in his lapel.

  48. joeschmo
  49. Neelysupporters
    July 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Heraldo-Hopefully you will delete the 1:55pm post, as I am sure you are aware Cole supported all of the candidates.

  50. Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    What does that have to do with Pedophilia?

  51. Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Bass too, as well as Neely. I think this says more about our political system than about either candidate.

  52. Mrs Tinkle
    July 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    How does this say anything about the political system? Were the candidates aware in any way that there was an alleged pedophile campaigning for them? Give THEM a break, they’re the ones who need it rather than Cole himself.

  53. Smokemonster
    July 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    This blog is hilarious,you attack that Sundberg kid(rightfully) and defend this scumag

  54. Smokemonster
    July 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Joe 11:06, actually I do not believe there are people that watch child porn but would never touch a child……Little Jeff ‘to catch a predator’ serves a good purpose,you are not really trying to claim the p.o.s’ on that show are victims are you? If so you have never watched or listened to an episode,maybe some of you should contact perverted justice for clarity on this issue

  55. the reasonable anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Sundberg was convicted. This guy hasn’t been (yet). If he’s convicted I don’t think you’ll find anyone defending him. At this point folks are just defending the idea that accusation and arrest are not the same thing as proof and conviction. If he’s convicted, I hope he gets a very heavy sentence; child pornography is truly reprehensible.

  56. the reasonable anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    “Would” is not the same thing as “did.” I can’t say for sure that I “would never” punch someone in the nose, but I “have not” done so, and therefore I am not guilty of assault. See how that works, Smokey?

  57. a witness
    July 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    ” Humboldt Politico says:
    July 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    What campaigns has be worked on? Just curious”

    I remember about 4 years ago Cole standing outside a bar in Old Town looking sad in dejected, becuase Rex Bohn was inside kicking off Mary Beth Wolford’s campaign by singing a song they wrote called “Eureka”. Cole wasn’t 21 yet, bummer, he was missing all the fun! He was a rabid Mary Beth campaign supporter and worker.
    Most recently he was seen during the Marina Center hearings at the Eureka city council, he was sitting with Randy and Cheri.

  58. Mr. Nice
    July 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    actually I do not believe there are people that watch child porn but would never touch a child

    For real, nobody looks at any type of movie or picture of something that they wouldn’t do in real life.

  59. Mrs Tinkle
    July 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    It’s disgusting to think that people would even try to defend something as hideous as child pornography. So was he just watching it for it’s artistic value, then? “Of course there are people who watch child porn who would never actually touch a child.” Are you serious?? YOU CAN’T WATCH CHILD PORN! I can’t even believe that someone would think it’s even remotely reasonable to say that someone would watch it and not be a pedophile. It’s called felony child abuse. It’s wrong. Rational, sensible people can tell you that. Apparently some people like Cole and a few HH readers think otherwise.. good grief.

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  61. Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Mrs Tinkle,

    You have a hard time understanding the meaning of “alleged,” don’t you? It means that someone claims someone else has done something. It does not mean that the claim is true.

    Here: “Mrs Tinkle is a child molester.”

    See? Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t. Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to present your case before being crucified?

  62. the reasonable anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Mrs. Tinkle,

    No one is “trying to defend something as hideous as child pornography.” People are pointing out that the guy hasn’t been convicted yet. And I and several others have taken issue with the fact that “Smokemonster” went beyond assuming the guy’s guilt on the child porn charges and actually declared that he is a “child molester” — even though no such charge has been made, much less a conviction.

    Look, I don’t doubt that twisted pervs often start with child porn and move on to actually molesting children, but I’m not so sure that’s a universal thing. Child molestating is a separate crime, and one that has not been charged in this case. Child porn is a very serious charge in its own right, that is what has been alleged in this case, and unless some other evidence shows up, he’ll be tried for the child porn charge and if convicted, will be imprisoned for the crime.

    I’m certainly not minimizing the hideousness of child porn or child molesting. I’ll tell you this: if I caught someone in the act of molesting my own child, I’d probably react by tearing off the offending appendage, gutting the creep like a fish, and only then do them the kindness of breaking their neck for them. Of course the right thing to do, intellectually and morally, would be to call the cops…but I think many people, myself included, might have a more visceral reaction.

  63. anonymous
    July 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I knew Cole when he was a high school student and he had serious problems manifested by extremely inappropriate behaviors and interactions with both students and staff. He was monitored closely and I am sure more. His issues were immediately evident – I think the person who posted as a co-worker at Mervn’s was correct. I was astonished when I later saw him at various political gatherings, etc. Anybody that didn’t recognize his odd behaviors had to be oblivious. I don’t agree with HiFi that it is a form of retardation…in fact, he is very clever and articulate. He clearly has a social disorder of some sort but am not sure how it would be diagnosed.

  64. C
    July 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I went to school with Cole and while I was at his house after school he attacked me and attempted to touch my crotch. I never brought it up as a kid since it wasn’t a big deal, and really wasn’t a big shock to me coming from Cole. Yeah Cole isn’t retarded but just disturbed or has had a very bad childhood.
    I am curious what kind of child porn it is, Cole is gay so I have to assume it was involving boys but at what age. “Child” can be anything from 17 on down.

  65. nimby
    July 24, 2010 at 9:15 am

    So what your saying “C says” is that 17 years old is not child porn, or is it 16,…..15? What age do YOU consider it child porn. In this country the law says 17, because most people are not emotionally ready to deal with sex before they turn 18, even though they are physically mature. It’s really disgusting how people start dancing around and making ridiculous excuses for emotionally torturing a child, or if you need a separate category, young adult. So even if he is not a pediaphile, he is still supporting the industry of photographing naked children.

  66. nimby
    July 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    correction: pedophile…..pediaphiles must be into some sort of strange foot sex shenanegans, or encyclopedia perversions;)

  67. angel
    July 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Cole never had an easy life. His parents are divorced and he still lives with his mother in a small apartment. He’s obese and I think it’s safe to say that anyone who is that large at that young an age has some kind of emotional turmoil. He’s intelligent but naive, having been out of Humboldt very little in his life.

  68. July 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

    If there is any of you that know him at all, before the June 8th election, he had a yard full of political signs from all of the candidates. Even Neely. There is a photo of that on his Facebook.

  69. July 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

    By the way, click on my name here. New blog site

  70. Anonymous
    July 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Sun Valley Mole is trying to smear Neely with this. Amazing.

  71. Mr.ManlyMan
    July 24, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Why is it all these creepy losers like Hoover and Machado live with their mothers? I blame the women for not finding proper male role models for their sons who can instill character and healthy sexuality into them so they grow up to be manly men like me rather than sleazy, disturbed pedophiles and the like.

  72. Savor E
    July 24, 2010 at 11:16 am

    You couldn’t make this stuff up! The movie rights are being bid on as we blog. Awesome. Fat nerd religious homo from tweaker parents and political ties found with kiddy porn released on bail back into society to party one last time and prey on our community before becoming a convict play thing behind bars. (Unless our DA pleas out) Oh, and the release of all his facebook friends adds to the chaos and paranoia. Who else is involved in this sordid little Liberace dough boy’s twisted life. Can’t wait to follow it all. My life is so bland in comparison. No need to watch Real Housewives or America’s Got Talent anymore. We’ve got a homegrown freak to watch be destroyed.

  73. Roman Polanski
    July 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I’d say Cole’s far far away from Humboldt by now. Perhaps he has found sanctuary in San Francisco and is obtaining spirited travel through the Mexican border where he can hop a ship or plane to Europe. Then again, canada is much closer. Either way…RUN COLE! RUN!

  74. Savor E
    July 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Yes, yes! Scene opens to “Born to Be Wild”. The low-speed chase in a white Suzuki Samurai nearing the El Paso border…. Gun fire rings out!! Brat, brat… But, who’s firing? Is it the Mexican drug cartel, the US Border Patrol or Not-So-Macho Machado himself in a Thelma and Louise finale?! Awe, the possibilities are endless.

  75. Bishop Dick McFluffin
    July 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Cole should’ve gone into the priesthood like I suggested.

  76. High Finance
    July 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Such abuse.

    I can imagine it would be much worse if Cole had been working on Republican or conservative campaigns instead of the Democrats & liberals.

  77. angel
    July 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    No, Cole has not headed out of town. It’s just harder for him to communicate right now because all his electronic equipment was seized during the raid.

    Some of these posts are not worth anything, but you can expect a reply to some of the more intelligent ones. You can also expect to learn that there is a difference between pornography and art photography.

    Stay tuned.

  78. Plain Jane
    July 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Not when it’s children being photographed, Angel. No one has the right to give permission for them to be photographed nude, especially for distribution.

  79. Decline to State
    July 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    …to be photographed nude

    Hmmm, I hadn’t thought about what this “child pornography” might consist of. Of course you’re probably right PJ but to some pictures of a van full of kids stuffing themselves at McDonalds’s would be considered child porn.

  80. the reasonable anonymous
    July 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Actually, HiFi, it sounds like Cole had worked on the campaigns of both “liberal” and “conservative” candidates, not that this is particularly relevant.

    And I agree that a lot of the abuse being heaped on him is really over-the-top, considering he has not yet been convicted, or even had the opportunity to defend himself. The anonymous accuations that he’s a “child molester” are particularly inappropriate, given that he hasn’t even been charged with that crime, much less convicted.

    In fact, some of the anonymous commenters are probably putting themselves at risk of being sued for libel or slander or defamation of character (I always forget which is which), if he chose to go after them. If so, some of these folks may find out that they aren’t as “anonymous” as they thought they were, since their IP numbers can be tracked down. Of course I’ll bet this guy has more pressing concerns at the moment…but I would advise anyone posting here to stay grounded in the facts and avoid making accusations they can’t back up.

    But I’ll also say that if he IS convicted on the child porn charges, then he will have earned at least some of the denunciations he’s receiving, even if those denunciations are obviously premature at this point.

  81. Plain Jane
    July 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    “but to some pictures of a van full of kids stuffing themselves at McDonalds’s would be considered child porn.”

    But they wouldn’t be illegal.

  82. mresquan
    July 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    “Sun Valley Mole is trying to smear Neely with this. Amazing.”

    Not so amazing.After all the mole is the same person who calls himself a bulldog and leaves odd messages on Bonnie’s campaign HQ’s answering machine.As promised by him,he’ll stop at nothing.

  83. July 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    mresquan, that’s ridiculous. Log into my blog and click the “about the mole” link at the top of the page. What does it say at the end?

  84. angel
    July 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    “……especially for distribution.”

    And just where did you get distribution, Plain Jane? Are you bringing in your own list of accusations? Stick to the facts as known and stop adding details.

    BTW, is that family album photo of little Daisy frolicking nude in the sprinkler on the lawn pornography? Is the only art in Humboldt the pastel seascapes featured in Old Town Art Walks?

  85. the reasonable anonymous
    July 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    angel,

    I agree with you that some commenters have gone overboard in their denunciations of a person who has not yet been convicted (and especially in extrapolating from the existing charges to accuse him of crimes that have not even been charges), but it seems to me that you seem to be going overboard in the other direction, by trying to characterize the images Machado has been alleged to possess as either some kind of “art” (by the way, there’s no “art exception” to the child porn laws) or else some kind of kind of innocent image of a toddler playing in a sprinkler.

    But haven’t seen any information that would suggest that the images he was arrested for fit that description. If you have some concrete reason to believe that those kind of innocent images are what he was arrested for, well, let’s hear where you’re getting your info. If not, most people will, at least for now, continue to assume that there was probably a valid reason for the arrest, in other words that there were some images in Machado’s possession that will not so easily be explained away. I guess we’ll find out as this case develops.

  86. Anon
    July 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Child pronography is not a joke. And it isn’t a picture of a nude child playing in the ocean. Child pornography is pictures of CHILDREN, usually small children, being raped, being forced to perorm oral copulation or being orally copulated. CHILDREN. Those people who download and look at those photos are supporting the rape of a child. Sometimes the victims are only a few months old.

  87. Comeuppance
    July 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I hope this guy invested heavily in his own pre-paid legal pyramid scheme because he’s gonna need it. I hate to say it, but if true, he’s really helping to enforce the stereotype that homosexuality is related to perderasty. Allegedly…

  88. the reasonable anonymous
    July 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    From a single incident, such stereotypes will only be reinforced in the minds of those who already have strong anti-gay prejudices and are unwilling to look at the statistical evidence, instead choosing to take refuge in a few anecdotes that appear to justify their bigotry.

    Thousands of “heterosexual” people are arrested for child porn and child molestation every year, yet for some reason that doesn’t create a stereotype that heterosexuality is related to pedophilia. Go figure. Anyway, one incident involving one person who happens to be gay should not change any rational person’s mind about LBGT people in general. Now if you could cite statistics that *on average* gays were more likely to commit these sex crimes against children, then there would be some basis for concern, but here’s the catch: that’s not at all what the statistics show:

    “Studies show that there is no connection to homosexuality and child sexual abuse. Dr. Carole Jenny reviewed 352 medical charts, representing all of the sexually abused children seen in the emergency room or child abuse clinic of a Denver children’s hospital during a one-year period (from July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992). The molester was a gay or lesbian adult in only 2 of the 269 cases in which an adult molester could be identified, less than 1 percent of the cases. (Jenny et al., 1994).”

    “A 1994 study found that “a child’s risk of being molested by his or her relative’s heterosexual partner is 100 times greater than by someone who might be identified as a homosexual. (Carole Jenny et al., Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals?; 94 Pediatrics 41; July 1994; study of 269 sexually abused children when an adult offender was identified.)”

    “The American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Child Psychiatrists and the Child Welfare League of America all have policy statements stating there is no correlation between homosexuality and child abuse.”

    “”It is ludicrous to identify pedophiles as homosexuals.” Stan Robson, Chief Deputy, Benton County Sheriffs Department. In over 14 years of Robson’s work with pedophiles, 498 out of 500 offenders identified themselves as heterosexual.”

    Sources cited at:

    http://www.fallwell.com/pedophilia.html

    Of course those who love to hate and hate those who love, well those people aren’t rational at all, and all the peer-reviewed studies in the world aren’t going to counteract one anecdote that they’ll repeat over and over, and gleefully pass around among their similarly-bigoted friends, etc.

    Which brings me back to my original point: that even if this one individual is convicted of child porn charges, this will only “reinforce stereotypes” among people who are already willfully ignorant, irrational, committed bigots who are a lost cause anyway. Thankfully they are also, for the most part, a vanishing breed…just not vanishing as quickly as we might wish they would.

  89. Mia Shy
    July 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I harshly disagree with anyone thinking Cole would have done anything like this purposely had he understood what he was doing was as bad as the rest of us know it is. As a friend who helps Cole with a lot of his mental problems, and also helps with his self esteem and relationship issues and bad choices. Myself along with his mother and grandmother; as a group (and all he has left due to his collection of “fair weather” friends) try to teach him good choices and not play around “grayly” with issues such as that charged. there has been some weird cult aside from the mormons that have been sending questionable liquids fluids solids and recognizable objects (pendents, holy devices, latex gloves, letters and the like) in the mail and despite what we tell him… has always seen crazy or random or taboo sanctioned things as opportunity to do something “just for the funniness of it” or for the “shocker affect” (in this case). And only after having personal knowledge and interaction and observation of cole, would a person be able to judge wether cole knew the severity of the crime alleged him. As a person with such internal knowledge…i would be willing to testify on pain of death, on his behalf. And i would like to defend the Gay community due to the fact that there are a lot of ignorant people who belive that all persons homosexual are any more or less inclined to be involved with child pornagraphy or be involed in such acts, IT IS JUST NOT TRUE, as a matter of fact the gay community is famous for the policy of going after guys there own age or wanting in you twenties to find a guy that just hit 18 cause there “fresh on the market” the market starts at 18 in this country and the adult gays in there right mind wont touch a guy without seeing an ID. Cole is shunned and abhorred by most people of the gay persuasion and few others… headline being this isn’t about being gay, this is the classic story of a young man who has made some bad choices, got drunk and been at wrong time wrong place and said stupid or inapropritate things enough times to get a bad reputation with his peers. He may be in an adult body, but i believe he is not mentally an adult. with previously stated non-adult mental aptitude for the reality of the weight of his possible alleged actions,

    i don’t believe he can fully understand that, with what it is that was found; how someone could be upset and not see the joke in it that he probably does.

    Could questions be revolving in his head attempting to address why it is wrong “why cant anyone take a joke or understand the appeal of finding and holding something on his computer or mobile device for the Sheer and Harsh “shock factor” that this alleged charges’ subject invokes due to this societies various constructs. Myself being a person who is no longer by the grace of the god, but has been homeless since 2006 when i was 15, and having been through human trafficking and various other forms of slavery and injustice in the land and the home of the free and the brave, spent my time; when not bound and gagged, to help out homeless youth all across the wester USA: California, Southern Oregon and Las Vegas, helping youth escape human trafficking even after i escaped (by way of near-deadly force, like a modern day Harriet Tubman, and supported in 4 1/2 years 87 homeless youth and 13 wayward housed youth, The nickname is Mia. any of “my kids” from the ages of 11-23 from several countries will tell you the absolute truth about how we all escaped the streets; though some of us are teetering on the edge. As a person that spend my time while homeless and in need taking care of others, i feel i have the integrity to say that i would hold the world on my shoulders for cole machado because i see him as another one of my misunderstood or misguided young men and women, i really believe due to experience that he was doing whatever he did or didn’t do, for fore stated “shock factor”.

  90. Nano
    July 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Sadly, none of that matters.

  91. Buzzy Bee
    July 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I think for one people like jillian need to open their eyes and think. half the shit she said isnt true i should know i was good friends with both cole and this supposed molester jillian refers too. jillian you are an evi vindictive witch. dont think i havent heard about you trying to run cole over a number of times. you just dont like gays so shut yur fat vindictive ass up!!

  92. anonymous
    July 25, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Cole was aggressively off-putting in the social interactions I had/observed with him – he had an amused, superior affect that was disturbing – as though it was his intent to make others uncomfortable. I would say he has a sociopathic behavioral disorder of some sort. None of this seems surprising other than that it seems some are surprised! : )

  93. Jillian Miles
    July 25, 2010 at 2:24 am

    to all and whoever the hell has NE issue with the fact that I know this ignorant piece of trash and his obsession of children, fuck off!!!! Do you really think that guilty people haven’t got off scott free??? really???? How about the other lady who works in a store at the mall who has seen him buy books on serial killers who focus on kids???? The fact that this is a serious crime to be accused of, I do like the fact that people don’t believe in jumping the gun…. It would be a terrible crazy thing to put some one away for something like this…. Convicted or not this is going to hang over his head… But you know what he himself has told me that he is!!!!!!! Everyone is going to have their own opinions regardless and it is mute to even try to convince the ignorant, or those who want to live in ignorance of the fact…. But I stand by my knowledge… It’s a shame that half of you don’t know him… The other 30 percent has been diluted with his fake facade of a person who is of importance in this world…. The other 20 percent have been “graced” with acknowledging his inappropriate and off behavior… And I don’t like gay people???? Whoa there ignorant ass people slow your role… Like I’ve said half of my friends are gay some of my family is gay… HAHAHAHAHA so he told that story too huh… lmfao… He made that story of me trying to run him over to get me in trouble at work… first of all I was 16 at the time and didn’t know how to drive… and well I still don’t…. And I’m the type of person to be consistent so if I didn’t succeed in running him over I didn’t try, if I did though I would have gotten out of the car and beat the living shit out of him because if I’m so willing to hurt some one and risk going to jail I might as well finish the job…. It’s really a shame that everyone is blinded by the fact that this “person” is totally unstable. But honestly if he didn’t admit the fact to me about him and his boyfriend I would be saying not to jump the gun too…. Evidence doesn’t always come out in court, keep that little tid bit in mind… I don’t know the good that he has shown other people… After he said that shit to me it was done… So believe or don’t but don’t start running your mouth off at me because of his words that where spoken to me. I have no reason to lie on NE one…. Really think about what the hell would I benefit from talking shit on some one? Nothing but more people running there mouths about me…. Which in all honesty I don’t care about because in this instance I do know what I’m talking about…. Unless he was lying for attention then too…. I put my name on here instead of anonymous because I know what I’m talking about, I’m not afraid of the truth…

  94. Eric Kirk
    July 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Fred,you are a sick bastard making excuses for a child molester,just because he was able to bail out you think it might help prove his innocence? No it means he had 10% of bail amount,you ‘friends’ of this molester should let him babysit your kids

    I haven’t made it through this depressing thread yet, but I do want to point out that neither article I’ve read says he’s being accused of child molestation. I hope others in this thread have pointed this out. That is a very serious defamation.

    On the subject at hand, we don’t have the facts. People have gone to porn sites and inadvertently downloaded photos of minors which weren’t represented as such. Sometimes just visiting a site results in downloading. I also heard about a case in which an individual purchased a computer not knowing that illegal material had been downloaded and the seller having neglected to purge it prior to sale.

    Unfortunately, this is one of those types of charges where a suspect is tried and found guilty before we finish reading the headline.

    Maybe he was just doing “research.” The defense worked for Pete Townsend.

  95. Eric Kirk
    July 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Jillian, if you re-write your post using clearer English, more people will be able to understand what you are trying to say.

    Basically, what she’s trying to say is that she worked with him at Mervyn’s and she thought he was a weirdo, and so he must be guilty.

  96. Eric Kirk
    July 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I wonder how much child porn we’d find on Eric’s computer.

    See, my lower self wants to respond along the lines of, “no, just shots of your wife and mother.” Good thing my lower self is in check.

  97. Cristina Bauss
    July 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Aren’t you glad you’re back from your camping trip? See, you came HOME to get dirty!

  98. Plain Jane
    July 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Looks like a Topix thread. Did Heraldo go on vacation? It seems like some of these posts could endanger the anonymous nature of this blog if they are untrue.

  99. July 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Topix? Ouch! Some of these comments needed hosing. Let me know if I missed any.

  100. Smokemonster
    July 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Topix thread. Did Heraldo go on vacation? It seems like some of these posts could endanger the anonymous nature………….Yeah I bet the “weird mormon cults”(wtf?) Mia spoke of are irate

  101. anonymous
    July 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I know Cole from his high school days and none of this is surprising. He was aggressive and stalked people he became interested in…or obsessed with. He has problems and should not just be out there doing whatever he pleases.

  102. Jillian Miles
    July 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Um to whom ever thinks that I just figured he’s a weirdo your seriously mistaken. I would never in my life try to accuse some one of a crime that can effect their whole life out of spite or anger. He spoke the sentences to me. He told me, for whatever reason that his boyfriend cheats on him with 12 year old little boys. One time I told him not to talk to me he asked “what’s your problem?” Where I then said your a pedophile. He then reply’s ” Is there something wrong with that?” So yes I think he’s a pervert, by his own actions not by thinking thoughts up inside my head. If you know anybody who worked at the store or who knows me, ask them about how I’ve felt about this person and why. They will tell you the same exact story I’ve been telling since I’ve known him. That’s 3 years of the same story, no flaws in it no change’s. What I want to know is have any one of you that knows ever realize his eye’s never change emotion? Like the comment above my last entry you should notice that he has a lot of the sign’s pertaining to a sociopath. Believe or don’t. I realize he’s played a big part in the gay community. But all in all, I know who I am. Bitch or not, I hate lying and I would never screw some one’s life over to satisfy my dislike for any body.

  103. I know who I am
    July 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I know Jillian. And I’ve had dealings with Cole. Cole, on more than one ocasion told me he wanted to have relations with me. On each conversation I flat out told him no. But he still tried. To top that when I told him no he took it upon him self to give out my phone number to other people so they can try to hook up with me. What’s up with that? As for Jillian. I’ve known her for YEARS. She Is a LOT if things. But she dosent lie. I’m not saying I think he’s guilty. I’m not saying I think he’s innocent. I AM saying I think he has issues and what he’s being accused of just seems like something he would do.

  104. anonymous
    July 25, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve definitely noticed the flat (non-expressive) eyes. I would guess Cole has a serious social disorder. I have no idea whether he is guilty as charged but he’s got his share of problems and I, personally, find him rather scary. This brings to mind the recent issues with Chris Holmquist, with whom I’ve also had interaction. In my experience, Chris is mild and non-threatening as compared to Cole.

  105. Eva
    July 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I’m afraid this whole situation with Cole is going to turn into a case about him being gay. Being gay has nothing to do with this . If you are gay, that doesn’t make you a pedophile! That being said I will tell you that I once saw Cole, and my creep vibe started screaming!! I was told who he was afterward and I realized that I had been correct. I’ve been hearing talk about Cole for years and I can assure you that none of it was good. How can his ” friends ” not see the sickness he houses inside? Gossip happens, but when every person who mentions him has something negative to say you need to pay attention. Telling yourself he isn’t guilty can ease your mind, but in the end it won’t make it true. This guy is a predator and he will only get worse if he is left to hunt . Wake up and protect the ones you should be protecting, the children he targets!!!

  106. Anonymous
    July 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

    So, Jillian, when Cole told you that his boyfriend was “cheating on him with 12-year-olds,” you went right to the police to report that crime, right? What, you didn’t report it to the police?

    Because if you didn’t report it, then you’re what’s known as an “accessory after the fact” (look it up). And, no, complaining to your boss or friends doesn’t cover your responsibility in the matter, only reporting it to police would fulfill your responsibility and get you off the hook.

    So, if you didn’t report it to the police, then it seems that you’re an accessory after the fact to the crime of child molesting.

    When you’re arrested, I’m sure you won’t mind if a bunch of people assume you’re guilty of the crime even before you’ve been convicted, and in fact start accusing you of being a child molester, too.

    How’s that shoe feel on the other foot?

  107. Anonymous
    July 26, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I wonder how many more children were molested by the boyfriend due to Jillian’s failure to report the crime to the proper authorities? If the incident was a few years ago, there could be quite a few more victims in the meantime. But don’t worry, I’m sure the judge will take this all into consideration when handing down her sentence.

  108. Jillian Miles
    July 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

    hmm to you ignorant people, yes actually I did report him to the sheriffs department.. thank you, I was worried about him working so close to children, but with no proof there was “nothing” they could do… So fuck off… Don’t try to make me feel bad for doing what a person should do, which is make EVERYONE aware of what I have been told. I was brushed off, which is unnerving… Honestly your probably friends with the “respectable” Cole Machado….. It’s actually pretty sad how many cases in this world are brushed off… People don’t want to believe that certain people are capable of things that are this sadistic… And as far as me knowing obviously I’ve been saying this from the get go or I would be to afraid to post my real name, so bring my ass to court!!! Let the people I’ve warned come too!!!!! How about my ex co-workers!!! Like I said I don’t like to lie, I’m very capable of being a bitch, but this is serious… This has nothing to do with anything but children. Do you seriously want to sit here and accuse me of not saying something to defend a child predator??? Alright well let that rest on your mind….. Once again I’ve spoken up for the last 3yrs!!!!!!! But I guess that doesn’t mean anything because if you don’t know me then you haven’t heard it out of my mouth… hhmmmm same thing with him tho right… He told me and you want to figure I’m being hateful… Alright well I’m more then willing to take time out of my life to help prosecute this piece of trash…. Children should mean more to people then their friends…. And once again how many people have gotten off scott free, how many sociopaths look like regular people??? But wait this one is obviously a pervert and a creep… How the hell can any body not see this is way beyond me!!!!! So let the judge’s and the lawyers come to me I welcome it!!!!! I myself will be more then willing to PAY for a LIE DETECTOR TEST!!!!!!!! Hmmm I wonder if he’s willing to take one???? I’ll pay for that one too!!!!!!!

  109. Jillian Miles
    July 26, 2010 at 12:56 am

    And if all of you feel so certain on your stance with this guy, why the hell haven’t you poasted your real names??? afraid that he’s going to be convicted and don’t want people to know that your voting for him???? I know what I know and I’m backing it 200%.

  110. Eric Kirk
    July 26, 2010 at 1:03 am

    For the record, unless you are a mandated reporter you have no legal duty to report a crime. You are only an accessory if you actively attempted to conceal a crime.

    As an attorney, I am a mandated reporter and so I would be obligated to report danger to children or knowledge of child abuse. In some cases, where there is a specific danger to a specific person, it can even override attorney-client privilege.

    The mandate applies to a number of licensed professions such as teachers, social workers, counselors, licensed medical persons, etc. I doubt it applied to Jillian in her position at Mervyn’s.

  111. Eva
    July 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Obviously there are quite a few people who don’t have the reading comprehension they need to post on here. Jillian said clearly that she reported Cole and was brushed off because she didn’t have proof. My next point, and this is obvious also, so many of you defending Cole are doing so under anonymous while Jillian let you know who she was. If you are so sure that he is innocent why not tell us who you are . Stand up and shout your belief loudly. Are you worried that you aren’t correct? Do you have those nagging doubts? I wonder if you are going to be accused of aiding him since you are willing to have him free to go after children. The fact is that he was caught with child pornography! If that isn’t wrong then why are there laws against it? Pay attention to the facts and you will find that he paid for pictures of young children engaging in sexual acts. So stand up and defend him, but let the rest of us know who you are, I really want to know which of you to avoid. If you are so proud of your newest cause stop posting and start campaigning.

  112. Jillian Miles
    July 26, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Thank you Eric.. Even though your last comment kinda got to me. I believe your gunning on facts and no one can disrespect you for that. But even if it isn’t my legal duty to inform the cops about a child predator it is my own personal duty to do so. I’ve had many friends and some family members who have been sexually assulted. Weather if it’s by guy’s or female’s, it doesn’t matter…. To know and feel the pain that the victims go through is more then enough to make some one want to speak out… This is a serious situation where no one actually wins. He was caught with child porn!!!! Come on people!!! What is going through your heads right now?? Even if he didn’t make the porn. Who did?? What about the kids who are being used for it??? Are you making excuses for him? Do you have any idea what a child who gets kidnapped and used for pornography goes through??? How much hurt there put through so the people who kidnapp them can make money off of people who purchase it….. Does it not bring tears to your eyes to think about how many kids get torn from their families, to get used and sold to the next bidder?? Is your reality so constricted that you only think it happens in movies??? Please, pay attention to this “person” I have no idea how any one could think he’s innocent…. You might find him to be “challenged” or “off” but you don’t think it’s possible for him to do what he’s been caught with??? Like half the people have said “Who looks at child porn and doesn’t want a child?” I think that the gay community should be outraged right now…. How many of you who have commented are gay??? Don’t you think we should figure out what they would say??? He’s put himself into a position that can basically defame what every gay person has been working towards….. I’m completley disgusted…. I have been voting for equal right’s since I can remember ( believe or don’t) and this is something I knew was coming but none the less am aggravated by. disgusted mostly because I don’t know what has happened with him since. I’ve seen him since Mervyns… Nothing good. I walked into spencers and he started talking loudly to his friends about dildos like it would get to me…. He obviously doesn’t know shit about me either… I actually just posted this on my face book and I had a couple of poeple comment about how creepy he is.. The one I paid most attention to was to the girl who says she see’s him at bon boni ers excuse my spelling…. The ice cream place in old town.. I realize how much trouble I could get in or speaking names and certain accusations but I’m so sure of what I know that I’m willing to get in trouble. The big thing of this whole matter is people, parents, aunts, uncles everyone needs to look out for whats right under their noses…

  113. Anonymous
    July 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Pay attention to the facts and you will find that he paid for pictures of young children engaging in sexual acts.

    And if this is proven in a court of law, it’s unlikely Cole will have defenders. But one of the nice things about America is that Cole gets a chance to present his side of the story before a judge or jury decides whether he is guilty.

  114. mresquan
    July 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Eva wrote,”Jillian said clearly that she reported Cole and was brushed off because she didn’t have proof.”

    Well Cole telling her about his boyfriend sleeping with 12 year olds doesn’t prove that Cole himself is a pedophile.

    Going to Bon Boniere makes him creepy?

  115. Plain Jane
    July 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

    “Going to Bon Boniere makes him creepy?”

    In guilt by association world (his friend allegedly liked little boys) going to a place where children may be present (an ice cream parlor) is proof he is guilty. Can’t believe these things must be explained to anyone who has lived around the critical thinking deficient for any length of time.

  116. McKinleyville Kris
    July 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that Cole will get any time in jail for this. Sex offenders get treatment as the first option and get several chances at recovery. If he gets caught 3 or 4 times then perhaps he might serve some time, but the reality is, it isn’t very likely.

  117. The Great Anonymous
    July 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

    The news release said: “The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case should call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.”

    The Sheriff’s Office has not yet completed its investigation or presented its report to the District Attorney’s office. Isn’t that right, Eric?

    So if anyone has any information (as opposed to opinion) about this case, he or she should be giving it to the Sheriff’s Office.

  118. Eric Kirk
    July 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Jillian – the point is, we don’t know what they found. We only know that they found something that they believe to be child porn.

    On your lack of a legal duty to report a crime, none of us would want to live in a country where you could actually go to jail for failing to snitch on your neighbors. As citizens, we are entitled to the freedom to make the moral decisions ourselves, unless we are receiving special privileges and taking on special responsibilities in certain licensed professions. Believe me, you wouldn’t want it either way.

    On the subject at hand Jillian, I think you mean well and you’re obviously very concerned about the information you have and you want to share it. But the man is facing serious charges and he is entitled to a presumption of innocence and a trial under controlled conditions where (hopefully) he will be judged by a jury not too influenced by the emotional difficulties of a case. An internet forum just isn’t the place to try him. More useful would be to share whatever information you have with the District Attorney’s office. They would be in the best position to know whether it is useful to the case at hand.

  119. Peppy LeFrau
    July 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

    “Going to Bon Boniere makes him creepy?”

    Many people of all kinds go to that ice cream shop, it has a fantastic selection of ice cream, pastries, coffees and the like. It reminds me of when I was a small boy in gay Parie, I would get a few francs from my dear sweet grandmother and run down to the local ice cream shoppe. Bon Boniere is certainly a place one can create pleasant memories. I’d like to mention that Arcata also has a Bon Boniere and is also a fine establishment.

  120. Jillian Miles
    July 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Believe me. I am going to. As for the ice cream parlor. It is creepy that he chooses to hang around place’s that children frequent. It does get a little on the wtf side. As for the whole he told me about his boyfriend and not himself if you read back you’ll notice that I called HIM a pedophile and he responded with ” Is there something wrong with that?” The sad thing is He probably will get a slap on the wrist……

  121. Eric Kirk
    July 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    The Sheriff’s Office has not yet completed its investigation or presented its report to the District Attorney’s office. Isn’t that right, Eric?

    I’ve no idea what stage it’s at.

  122. mresquan
    July 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I actually find it a bit odd that even after Cole apparently told Jillian about his boyfriend having sex with 12 year olds that Jillian hasn’t made a point of going after the boyfriend the same way she goes after Cole.This is how I would agree that she has abetted in the supposed molestation.

  123. Blanche
    July 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’m thinking Cole is secretly heartily all this attention. Sad.

  124. Blanche
    July 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Okay, I MEANT hearting!! Pesky automatic iPhone insertion of words!

  125. anonymous
    July 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    i would like to point out that cole is, in fact, no longer a mormon. these allegations should have nothing to do with the mormon community or the gay communtity…i hope neither of these groups will be smeared in the process of this investigation.

  126. Anonymous
    July 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Jillian, you are the best source of info on this blog. PLEASE try to write more clearly, I can’t follow you.

  127. Anonymous
    July 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Jillian, use more commas.

  128. SammyJo
    July 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Cole is the child of a schizophrenic/bi-polar mother and drug dealer/user father. He was born only 8 months after his older brother weighing 2.5 lbs. He has always had the characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome. Both parents have been in and out of prison and Cole was raised by his Grandmother. His Grandmother made sure that Cole went to school, counseling/therapy, and had a very difficult time dealing with Cole’s behavior issues. He was on various medications for ADHD/ADD/OC most of his life. She did the best she could under the circumstances. Cole has always had problems respecting personal space and boundary’s. He is VERY computer smart and always had more then one.

  129. Jules
    August 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Does anyone know what happened with the trial? I can’t find any info.

    As for this Jillian chick, I was wondering from the start while Cole was the main focus but not the boyfriend when he said it was his boyfriend from the start. I agree Cole has issues, and I can see this info being true, but why is she so caught up on the one side? I also think it’s weird that only one other person pointed that out.

  130. @&$^*(&
    August 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    H-

    Any word on any of this? I don’t see any mention of it in the local media after the court date.

    What gives? dismissed, held to answer?

  131. August 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Haven’t heard. I’ll see what I can find out.

  132. Tyrone Jones
    August 13, 2010 at 7:00 am

    $1000 to have him whaked, or $500 to have his penis cut off.

  133. Mormon Bishop
    August 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Brother Machado has been a member of our church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) since 2002. He is a great guy. We feel he is innocent of these allegations and will stand by him.

  134. honest friend of Cole
    August 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I feel like I should take some time to defend Cole. I know him very well. I would consider him a friend of mine. I’ve known him since high school. He was always a bit of an outcast. His peers identified him as gay, long before he was willing to accept it for himself. Still, he faced rejection from peers. This seemed to hurt him emotionally, as it would for any teenage boy or girl. However, he never harmed or stalked anyone from what I’ve seen.
    Although, I am not a member of the Latter Day Saints Church, I come from a family that was very active in the church. Because of my connections with the Church and with the gay community, I have been in contact with Cole for many years.
    I know that Cole tried to fight what the LDS church refers to as “same sex attraction” in order to be a good church member. To stay in the church he was required to fight his “same sex attraction”. He was told that he would not be able to participate in many church functions or go in to the temple until he rid himself of homosexual feelings and lived as a straight man. Lucky, unlike many young gay LDS men Cole did not commit suicide. He instead left the church. This isn’t a crazy young man this is an adolescent figuring out his life and self-identity.
    Cole has worked hard to help our community by working on political campaigns he feels are important and by supporting the local GLTB community though his work with Humboldt Pride and other queer friendly local events and groups. With out Cole, we may not have all the wonderful things going on in our community that we have now.
    I have known Cole for about ten years now, in that time I have never picked up that he had “feelings” or a sexual interest in young children. In fact if you read Jill Miles post, you will see that he dated men slightly older then he was…you will also find that it is possible that the images on his computer came from his ex-boyfriend.

  135. Gaboria
    August 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve known Cole for quite a while too, and while I agree with you that he himself doesn’t harbor those feelings, and that his ex-boyfriend is far more involved, it doesn’t mean he is fully innocent here. Possession is still a crime, and he could’ve gotten rid of the pictures if he did in fact break with the real pedophile. I wish they would stop baiting his politics into this, and refrain from tying this case to the LGBT community, but at the same time he must answer to his crime even if he “only” allowed his ex to violate a child, as I believe fully. The ex deserves a far harsher, unparollable sentence, but Cole will not improve society if he gets off scott-free, at least not yet…

  136. Dan
    August 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I am so against the police raiding a home, confiscating personal home computers and seeing what a person downloaded. How many times have the cops done this recently? I don’t care what the person downloaded, the computer allows you to download anything with 2 clicks on your mouse. How can this NOT be communism??? This kid is 24, and now his life is ruined forever, because he clicked the wrong thing on his mouse, knowingly or not. I am so against this invasion of privacy. Even though it involves children, it is too easy for anyone to download. Computers should be made, that you CAN’T download pornography, period. The whole problem would be solved. Just because someone clicked their mouse and downloaded junk, does not mean they would ever think of touching a child and acting this out. I’m sick to death of these computer cases, where the cops bust down someones door, confiscate their computers, from their homes, and use it against them. These people are charged with all sorts of felonies and end up labeled a sex offender for life. Ridiculous.

  137. Plain Jane
    August 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Hilarious that someone thinks its “communism” to seize computers with a warrant due to suspected criminal activity but has no problem with wholesale censorship of internet pornography. If you’ve ever “accidentally” downloaded child pornography, raise your hand.

  138. Gaboria
    August 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Good point, Plain Jane! First, I don’t think Dan means “communism,” but rather totalitarian dictatorship. And this isn’t that because they needed a solid warrant backed by hard evidence. The defense retains the right to try and attack the warrant’s credibility, but I don’t think they’ll succeed. We may not agree with content, but blocking all pornography is a lot closer to totalitarianism. Dan doesn’t know how ironic he’s being. This wouldn’t be the same issue even if it were adults posing as children. Like it or not, that might actually be the only solution to curbing the fallout of these twisted desires. I would have empathy for the ruining of Cole’s name if I had any inkling this was his only crime, but even if he never harmed a child himself, I have reason to believe it’s not. This is why there are levels to sex offender status, so if we can agree on something here, it’s that he doesn’t deserve the highest one..

  139. Dan
    August 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I have no idea if the accused in this instance intentionally download child pornography or not. If he did, he deserves some punishment.

    If you are downloading files from a file sharing site, whether it be music, regular movies or adult pornography, you really don’t know what you are getting until you view it. From that standpoint, I recommend never downloading anything unless you are sure of what it is.

    Could the accused have been downloading what he though was legal adult pornography, viewed it, found out it was child pornography, have been disgusted and deleted it? Possibly.

    If this person were to be found not guilty because he did not realize what he was downloading on a few files, I would question the police destroying his life by providing an eternal online record of him being involved in child pornography.

    The fact is that the issue is not an epidemic. Law enforcement here is using the media and this blog to make it appear to be an epidemic so that they can secure their funding. It is due for federal funding this time every year so the police turn the publicity up.

    I agree with the privacy issues I mentioned as this is appearing to become more and more out of hand. If you dont want “wholesale censorship of porn. I agree with making the source responsible. Get the people putting this stuff out there, but here is a really sobering thought for everyone to chew on. The people doing this may be your children. A recent study showed that 3 out of 4 teens admit to sexting, and that the majority of those incidents find their way to the public forums … I.e. The internet. These incidents have become so pervasive that adults end up paying the price for things that children are doing as kicks. So yes, let’s get to the source of this stuff.

    Here is another thing to think about: not many people give the war on drugs much credibility or even a second glance these days. In part, that It’s probably because of the constant media exposure and now people expect to see it. How much more is it going to take with this manufactured epidemic before people take the same attitude with the sex stuff? As long as law enforcement keeps highlighting the end user for us, we will head down that path and then when they do get their hands on the source it won’t do the victims any good because people will turn a blind eye to it as business as usual, and that is really sad.

    Get to the source and stop entrapping people and violating their rights to privacy. It is a good question as to how this issue was discovered. Was it a sting that the police put the images out there and waited for people to bite? Or, or are they trolling people’s accounts at random with the hopes of finding this stuff? People do crazy things when big money is at stake. Focus needs to be kept on the source.

  140. Anonymous
    August 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Anybody with a Windows computer that has ever been connected to the internet can easily download child pornography without knowing it. It’s surprising how little people understand this.

    Just because the names of the files on your computer don’t sound suggestive does NOT mean that your computer does not contain child porn, adult porn, collections of social security numbers or phished credit card numbers.

    There are huge networks of what are called zombie computers working on behalf of criminals throughout the world, and if you are running a Windows computer, you should have NO confidence that yours is not among them.

    Educate yourselves.

  141. Plain Jane
    August 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    The police don’t pick people at random to seize their computers to search for evidence of illegal activity. The odds of someone accidentally downloading child porn and then a search warrant being obtained to search their computer must be infinitesimal. Computer forensic experts can determine how and when it was obtained and if, when and how often it was viewed. If you’re drooling over “accidentally” downloaded child porn, not many people are going to believe that you downloaded it unknowingly.

  142. Anonymous
    August 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Plain Jane,

    Surprising that on this particular issue you are willing to think of the police as brilliant sleuths who would never jump to conclusions.

    Computer forensic experts cannot determine nearly as much as you think they can. They absolutely cannot tell how often a file has been accessed, or even whether it has been accessed once. Not on Windows.

    Child pornography being what it is, once a prosecutor’s computer forensic expert sees it, don’t you realize they’ll be only too happy to give the evidence the benefit of the doubt?

    But don’t believe me. Read this nightmare:

    http://www.crn.com/blogs-op-ed/security/208700507/man-cleared-of-child-porn-charges-after-hiring-computer-forensics-expert.htm

  143. Anonymous
    August 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    And, as I recall, this person is alleged to have a friend who might have been interested in child pornography. Are you willing to send someone to prison, to be treated as a child molester by the guards and inmates, because they loaned their computer to a friend who may “enjoy” child porn? What if the person didn’t even loan the computer out, but the friend used it one evening while alone?

    People hear “child porn” and, in seconds, “beyond a reasonable doubt” goes out the window, whether they are liberal or conservative. That’s terrifying.

  144. Anonymous
  145. Gaboria
    August 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Ok, there is far too much conflation here with general principles and case-by-case procedure. Anonymous and Dan are correct on most of the general principles, especially about not treating the source the same as the individuals and that last part of jumping to conclusions. Yes, what happened to that Micheal in that article is terrible, yes the police may be trumping this up to get undeserved traction with the public. That should all be kept in mind with more ambiguous cases, but this isn’t one of them. Both keep overlooking the citizen’s report and warrant. This was not done on the police’s timetable, it was brought to them. How would this outside citizen have known if it was something carried automatically within the computer’s mainframe? Or if it was downloaded by the friend when Cole was away? Funny also how Anonymous insists that computer forensics can’t tell how something was accessed and then provides an article detailing how a man’s name was cleared because it was found there was no email or web activity link to that material found. And if you heard radio report, you’ll know the citizen also gave over a computer. We don’t know if that one was a PC or not. You want us to take everything into account before deciding, well guess what? That’s a two-way street.

  146. Plain Jane
    August 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    “But don’t believe me. Read this nightmare:”

    The computer forensics expert was able to prove how the files were obtained and that they had never been accessed, just like I said. Everyone who gets caught with child porn claims someone else did it, it was a virus or they were doing research. While it is always possible that someone else is responsible, when you are caught in possession of any illegal material, it’s pretty hard to convince a jury that you aren’t responsible for having it. Expert testimony which raises a reasonable doubt is their only hope.

  147. Anonymous
    August 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    The accused, after being charged and humiliated, hired his own forensics expert. If he had not been able to do that, he would have gone to jail, most likely to his death.

  148. Anonymous
    August 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    And Plain Jane, the forensics expert did not prove that the files had never been accessed. She demonstrated that there was no indication in the record that a program had been invoked by the accused to view the files.

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, Jane.

  149. Plain Jane
    August 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I don’t claim to be an expert, 9:05, but your attempted spin of your link stating the opposite of what you claimed is lame. I know people who work in a related field and they have been involved in cases where forensic experts were able to prove porn found on suspect’s computers were accessed repeatedly when only they had access to them. I think it should be routine in these cases to have an expert investigate these computers at state expense before charges are filed, thereby avoiding the nightmare your example experienced.

  150. Plain Jane
  151. Anonymous
    August 24, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Lame or not, Plain Jane, there’s a serious problem with people’s understanding of what computer records show. Generally, you’ll find the more people actually know about computers, the less they are willing to trust that a computer’s reports are reliable.

    There /are/ reliable computer logs, but these will be found on high security systems, not on Windows. And certainly not on home computers connected to the internet by naive users.

    This won’t matter to you until someone frames you with your computer, and the lynch mob appears before you can establish your innocence.

  152. Plain Jane
    August 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Did you miss the last paragraph of my post, 11:10?

    “I think it should be routine in these cases to have an expert investigate these computers at state expense before charges are filed, thereby avoiding the nightmare your example experienced.”

    The other option is not prosecuting people for child pornography and I don’t think any sensible person would advocate that.

  153. Plain Jane
    August 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

    last *sentence of my post?

  154. August 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Here’s an update on the case.

  155. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Plain Jane,

    Yes, an expert should be hired to investigate the computers of people charged with possession of child porn. If the expert is at state expense their independence needs to be made completely clear.

    So how do you deal with the case where the computer has been under the control of more than one person, and the logs, according to the expert, don’t establish which person downloaded and/or viewed the material?

    Do you fry them both, or just the one that creeps you out more?

  156. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    A police state, the most expensive for of government, cannot exist without the compliance of the “media”.

    Child pornography is one of those automatic hate generating charges, and anbody cgarged with it is automatically considered guilty.

    This “”ctreepy” fellow may just be targeted for other reasons, such as sexual orientation other than children, or his activities in certain local political pressure groups.

  157. Plain Jane
    August 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    This “creepy” fellow may also be a pedophile who supports the exploitation of children by buying child porn. It amazes me how many people jump to the defense of anyone accused of child molestation or pornography, creating paranoid conspiracy theories about how child porn got on his computer.

    As to the question of who to fry, the person in possession of illegal material has to explain how it got there to the satisfaction of a jury if it isn’t theirs. That is true of child porn, drugs, stolen merchandise, etc. It sounds like you guys want special rules for pedophiles because the crime is so heinous. Makes no sense to me.

  158. Plain Jane
    August 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Additionally, there is often other supporting evidence besides the porn found like chat logs, e-mails, etc. which are easier to assign to a particular computer user.

  159. Not a Native
    August 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Distributors of “adult” material are required to certify that their product images are people of legal age. Consumers of adult material can use that certification to show they used reasonable care. They can also avoid content that isn’t certified. If they don’t, they take a risk that its illegal and they’re commiting a felony. If Cole told prosecutors he didn’t know he was in possession of the material, I think they would have tried to verify that alibi.

    Locally, we have a reasonable DA in Gallegos with a good record in exercising prosecutorial discretion. And there’s no history of judges here playing to frenzied public passions for these sorts of crimes. Since charges have been brought and accepted, I believe the evidence is at least compelling. Whether its beyond doubt, we’ll find out later.

  160. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Not a Native summarizes the situation as it now stands with more brevity and perspicacity than, I believe, any other commenter has done so far.

  161. chariot
    April 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I was wondering does anyone know the status of the felony matter against Cole Machado. Is it still working its way through the courts, a possible plea deal, or has trial gone through? Thanks I am not sure how tofind this information out. What a controversial topic.

  162. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Ive met Cole Machado, I actually went to school with him for a majority of years, I totallay can believe this happened. He is a weird weird disgusting person! And anyone who doesnt know him or never met him would never be able to know what I mean, But once you do you would understand. He is a sick pervert. Enough said…

  163. ShirleyValentine
    June 17, 2011 at 6:05 am

    http://twitter.com/#!/colemachado/followers

    Interesting cast of characters that follow Cole on Twitter!

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