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Dirty Things Afoot at CleanFlicks: The Fall of Danny Thompson **UPDATED, 1/29/08**

Danny Thompson had to shut CleanFlicks down last year. Hollywood had finally taken the little guy out. And Danny, bless his Christian soul, was doing it — cleaning all the naughty bits out of the movies he rented to online customers and real-world folks in and around Orem, Utah — for the kids. He said the following about court actions against his business in 2006: “I think it’s ridiculous that you can’t watch a movie without seeing sex, nudity or extreme violence. I don’t understand why they’re trying to keep that in there.”

Police in Orem believe Thompson and one of CleanFlicks’s top MySpace buddies, Isaac Lifferth, were also doing it with some kids. Thompson and Lifferth have been arrested for unlawful sexual activity with underage teen girls.

Some of the acts allegedly took place at Thompson’s Flix Club store. The same store was closed after a lawsuit backed by major names in the film business against Thompson’s endeavor and several other similar businesses brought about a ruling in favor of the industry. Thompson’s efforts towards making certain films family-friendly amounted to a kind of copyright infringement, and were therefore illegal.

Police spoke with one of the young girls, and she said that Lifferth and Thompson were paying her and a friend for sex. The girls were just 14.

As if the alleged acts with the girls weren’t enough, Danny Thompson’s hypocrisy sundae was complete when police discovered, inside Flix Club, the cherry: a lot of (presumably unedited) porno flicks.

Isaac Lifferth’s MySpace profile seemed to show a regular guy with a thing for motorcycles. The only odd note was his use of a template that incorporated a photo of a bare-chested Brad Pitt.

One of Thompson’s pages may have been hacked, as the headline read, “I AM GAY.” It looked as though he ran the profile at one point, based on comments left by friends. His “About Me” read, in part:

My name is Daniel. I am 6,1 and 192lb. I have ocean blue eyes, as well as a nice butt. I am extremely well traveled and college educated. I spend a great deal of time working, which leaves little time for social encounters; my company requires my detailed attention. I am success prone and have a fascination with the finer things that life has to offer. I love to attend social gatherings (elegant parties), and upscale nightclubs (Los Angeles being one of my favorite).

Even though big names in the entertainment business had backed measures leading to the death of his sanitized-movie rental business, Thompson apparently had Hollywood ambitions of his own:

www.myspace.com/dannythompsonlive.

The following is a quote from that page:

WHO IS DANNY THOMPSON LIVE? WELL NO ONE REALLY KNOWS MUCH ABOUT HIM BUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CROSSED HIS PATH OR HAVE ATTENDED ONE OF HIS PARTIES SAY HE IS THE MOST AWESOME COMEDIAN, SINGER, AND IMPRESSIONINST THEY HAVE EVER SEEN! DANNY THOMPSON HAS CREATED HIS OWN LITTLE WORLD AND WANTS OTHERS TO COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE!!!!! SEE DANNY THOMPSON LIVE!!!!!

It was as if Thompson felt that having his photo made with actor and comic (and all-time greatest MySpace whore) Dane Cook somehow conferred some legitimacy on his own pursuits as an impressionist, comic, and musician.

Now he can only hope that the boys in lock-up are just as impressed with his multiple talents as he apparently was.

UPDATE, 1/29/08

The Orem Daily Herald is reporting that the story gets worse:

Clean-film business was front for porn, police say.”

Quote — a link not found in the original article has been added below:

According to a report Thursday by John McCombs, an investigating officer with the Orem Police Department, Thompson told the girls that edited movies were sold at Flix Club as a front, but he and Lifferth actually made and distributed pornography.

[…]

For Troy Slade, owner of modest-clothing retailer Mod Bod in Orem and Pleasant Grove, the news was startling. Thompson managed the Mod Bod store at 910 S. State St. in Orem. He was fired last year, Slade said.

“We hired him to manage our store because he had a successful business running CleanFlicks at that time,” he said. “He was always talking about fighting Hollywood for the good of the children,” Slade said.

Thompson also was founder and former member of Truth in Politics, a group started in 2006 purportedly to expose the people behind anonymous political attacks. The idea for the group was conceived at Thompson’s former CleanFlicks dealership in Orem…

Just… damn.

(The preceding can also be filed under “[Alleged] Creeps of the Week.”)

Alleged Creep of the Week: Isaac Tillis, age 29

(I am on hiatus, really — but an alleged creep of the week who is also a math teacher was just the thing to briefly rouse me from my winter slumber and post the following. Additionally, to read my post about the real “war on Christmas” for Radar’s “Fresh Intelligence,” click here.)

According to police in Florida, Bartow High School math teacher Isaac Nathan Tillis, age 29, has been arrested for suggesting he’d give a 16-year-old student an “A” if she gave him oral sex. Isaac Tillis reportedly even scribbled down what he wanted on a hall pass. Tillis faces charges related to unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

The student asked Tillis how she could improve her grade before the end of the semester. Tillis then allegedly said she could do extra work or “something” for the teacher.

The student caught on, but she played it cool and reported Tillis to the authorities. They set up a sting. So when the student approached her math teacher again the following day about the transaction (at one point, Tillis may have even demonstrated what he wanted with a “motion with his hand toward his mouth”), she was wired and recording everything that happened.

In the end, police say Tillis dropped his pants — in the teachers’ lounge, no less — the student dropped a code word for the listening cops, and Tillis was taken away in cuffs.

Normally the story might end there, with the teacher’s life and career in ruins from the arrest alone, but Isaac Tillis, if the accusations against him are true, elevated himself to creep of the week territory years ago by creating a website while he was a student.

For if Tillis did indeed ask a 16-year-old student to blow him for an “A,” the nature of the following website sets a new gold standard for hypocrisy among creepy guys who want to abuse their authority over young people in order to satisfy deviant sexual needs:

http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~itillis/.

Tillis’s site, created while he was attending the University of Central Florida and working at the University library, was titled “Knowledge is Power.”

One link on the main page took you to pages Tillis created about “Education.” Everything found there was what you’d expect from someone planning a career in teaching high school math.

Another link was titled, “Holiness.Elsewhere on the site, Tillis explained the “Holiness” pages, writing:

I have gone through many hardships in my life. Many times, I came up against situations that I knew nothing about, where I felt helpless and confused. I often turn to sin, and deceit instead of God and rightful living. Slowly though, I started to seek God out and sought the word of God to guide me.

That is how this website developed. I wrote down what I discovered through my searches and trials, and put them on the web so that I could access them from anywhere.

Each topic has either directly effected myself or someone else that I know personally. Most of the topics I have studied by talking with others, listening to elders of the church, research, and reading the Word of God. I am not a theologian, or a Biblical scholar. I am a simple person, who has made many mistakes, and who has trespassed against God. I am a sinner condemed unclean….

Isaac Tillis’s “Holiness” pages were divided into a number of topics, including: “Becoming like Christ,” “Prayer,” “Salvation” and “Sin.”

Under the “Sin” heading, Tillis revealed his thoughts on homosexuality:

[The] reason homosexuality has seen so much hostility is that it is associated with lust, fornication, unnatural acts, and rebellion against God. Because homosexual actions and thoughts involves these things, homosexuality is a sin…

He also held forth on lust:

Lust is a very serious and consuming sin. If you are struggling with this sin (or any other sin), please go to God now and pray for His guidance. Lust is a sin that has to be uprooted and totally given over to God. The power to overcome this sin comes from Christ who strengthens us. God gives us the power to completely kill the sinful desires of our heart, and the power to have complete freedom from lust in our lives…

Guess Isaac was still working on that lust issue when he was arrested.

Tillis also had something to say, ironically enough, about hypocrisy:

Hypocrisy is pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have. The Bible defines a hypocrite as anyone who proclaims to be Christ-like and does not live according to His Word.

Let’s just consider the source on that last one.

The Smoking Gun has Isaac Tillis’s arrest report.

This entry will be updated or revised if needed.

Alleged Creep(s) of the Week: Fritz Louderback and Barbara Anner

American retirees and “naturists” Frederick Calvin “Fritz” Louderback and Barbara Anner have been arrested at a nudist colony in Brazil. Authorities in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul say that Louderback, Anner, and a Brazilian couple may have participated in child-trafficking and pedophilia.

Online evidence uncovered by The True Crime Weblog may show that Fritz Louderback is no stranger to attempting to entice young people.

Louderback, 63, and Anner, 54, allegedly abused up to 10 boys between the ages of 6 and 14. Two of the boys may have even been taken to the U.S., one adopted. Statements have been taken from possible victims by the police and State psychologists.

ABC News reported that allegations were made against the American couple last March. Police began investigating activities at the couples’ home in the Colina del Sol nudeist colony, using undercover officers. Those investigations led to the arrests made early Tuesday.

Fritz Louderback and Barbara Anner ran an organization dedicated to giving free English lessons to kids who lived in the area. New Face, as it was called, may have simply been a front for sexual abuse and child trafficking. According to the Associated Press, Anner “was accused of luring the boys with promises of gifts, food and trips.”

According the police commissioner in charge of the investigation, the Americans have denied everything.

Barbara Anner once wrote a glowing article about Colina del Sol for a site called EscapeArtist.com: “Colina del Sol ~ Paradise Found!

She spoke of “Retired US Naval Aviator and Fighter Pilot, Fritz Louderback, from Southern California,” whom she said was “the first North American to receive the Brazilian Retirement Visa permitting United States Citizens the opportunity to live fulltime in Brazil.”

An article from the San Diego Evening Tribune, written in May, 1985, did reference an “F.C. “Fritz” Louderback of Scripps Ranch” who had been named “outstanding faculty member of the month by National University.” Louderback was teaching aerospace and math at the University, and in the past he’d received “the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Service Award and the Theta Chi Fraternity Exceptional Service Award.”

Anner continued:

A mid-generation member of three generations of Naturists, [Fritz Louderback] became interested in visiting Brazil through an advertisement that he read in “The Bulletin”, the official publication of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). There he picked up several copies of “Naturis” Brazil’s foremost Naturism and Nude Recreation magazine. Reading articles in these magazines, he made up his mind to visit Colina do Sol. “I fell in love immediately! Not only for the place, but, as well for the people. I knew instantly that I would return to Colina do Sol to live the rest of my life!”

After her reference to Louderback, Anner wrote about herself:

His friend, companion, and associate Barbara Anner, past President of Olive Dell Ranch in Colton, California, USA, and a retired member of the Board of Directors of the Western United States Region of the American Association for Nude Recreation, known familiarly as “AANR West”, also a Permanent Visa holder is of the same opinion: “I adore Colina do Sol and the people. This is the first place where I saw Fritz relax from his professional life as an aerospace consultant. This along with Colina’s many amenities and the availability of the same level of furnishings and technology found in my home in Southern California make me feel extremely comfortable. In no time at all, we have made new friends. Colina’s natives began to learn and speak English, and I, at a rather slower pace am learning Portuguese. We joke that we speak a new language, Por-English. I am happy that I have returned and plan to live here for the rest of life.”

The article continued, quoting several others who found Colina do Sol to be a little slice of heaven on Earth.

At the end of the piece Anner promoted what appeared to be a Bed & Breakfast run by her and Louderback in Colina do Sol — at one time it had its own website (now offline, few substantial files in the Internet Archive) — www.DoisAmigosBandB.com. Below that little promo was a blurb “about the author,” which read:

Barbara Anner is a great grandmother, retired after serving the Pacific Bell Telephone Company in California, USA for over 30 years. Barbara decided to find some adventure and Escape From America sometime after her husband’s early death to cancer. She needed a new start on life and she found it all, adventure and the new start at the Colina do Sol Naturist Community in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She invites you to contact her at DoisAmigosBandB@aol.com.

In the summer of 2001, “Jan and Bill” posted a review of their stay at Dois Amigos B & B in Colina do Sol. Quote:

We just received our November AANR Bulletin. We read an advertisement that we had not seen before. We telephoned 55-51-9128-80976. We got Barbara instantly. She sounded like she was just around three corner. How surprised we were to hear that she was speaking to us from Colina do Sol on her cell phone. Colina do Sol, most affectionately called Colina is a thousand miles south of Sao Paulo and even more south of Rio.

It is a naturist village dedicated to nude recreation atop a beautiful (severe green) mountain top. A huge lake with crystal clear water and about 300 nudists last weekend greeted us. A new language greeted us too. Por-English, a combination of English and Portuguese. Everyone were friendly to us. Little kids, girls and boys, hugged us. Teens stopped to talk and practice their English with us…

Of course, the review could have easily been written by Anner herself, considering the unique use of the term “Por-English.”

Prior to Tuesday, Fritz Louderback’s name was last in the news in 2005.

From “World Award Honors Heroes For Kids,” published in November of that year:

Three children’s advocates were honored recently for their work on behalf of kids from around the globe. The World of Children Awards, which nominees call a kind of a Nobel Prize for children activists, took place at UNICEF House.

A Nepalese plastic surgeon performed seven thousand free surgeries on children suffering from birth deformities or disfiguring burns…

[…]

One of the most inspiring honorees is a child himself. Seventeen-year-old Cristiano Pinheiro (pin-YERO) Fedrigo, from a poor mining hamlet in Brazil, began helping others at age 10. A teacher scolding him for begging, learned that Cristiano was trying to buy milk so that a destitute 16-year-old mother could feed her infant. After a friend’s brother drowned in the local quarry, Cristiano and his gym teacher initiated swimming lessons for kids. A few years later, he convinced a local dentist that she would attract more patients if she discounted her fees.

Then when Cristiano was 16 his father, a miner, died of lung disease. To honor his father’s wish that his son not suffer the same fate, Cristiano hopes to become his town’s first chiropractor — but first he wants to learn English.

His translator and friend Fritz Louderback explained: “His first intentions are to come to the U.S. and study at a university where he can learn English. The Baruch College of New York City University is very receptive to students from foreign countries who need to learn English in order to start their education. And so we’re meeting tonight with the chancellor and hoping Cristiano will start the school year in New York City in September.”

Perhaps Louderback’s interest in young Cristiano was innocent. There’s no way to know, at the moment.

Even if Cristiano was safe while with Louderback, The True Crime Weblog found evidence online of possible attempts by a Fritz Louderback made some 11 years ago to lure children via the Internet. If these were not attempts at enticement, they may have been coded messages reaching out to other like-minded individuals.

An initial search of Google Groups for “Fritz Louderback” yielded this message, posted by a Fritz Louderback, on July 14, 1996. Louderback simply asked other users of the rec.aviation.military.naval news group for “Assistance in obtaining a current list of USN & USMC squadrons and their mailing addresses.” This seemed consistent with the history for Louderback reported by Barbara Anner in the article she wrote for EscapeArtist.com.

For his newsgroup post, Louderback used the following email address: FritzL@aol.com.

Searching Google Groups for this email yielded a few more results, and some of these were strange, to say the least.

On July 25, 1996, someone using the name Nicole wrote a message titled “Girl 14 years old,” and she posted it in news.newusers.questions. “Her” message was short: “I would like to improve my english […] please contact me.”

There were a handful of responses, some openly leering. One seemed innocent enough. It read, “I am 14, my name is Ricky.” It was followed by an email address. Clicking on the ellipses in that address and filling in a captcha revealed “fritzl@aol.com.”

That could have been a typo. Someone perhaps using a different address accidentally adding in a stray letter, like “l.”

But on August 30, 1998, someone posting as “FritzL” left the following message in alt.mining.recreational:

Our family has recently joined a new clothing optional resort called Deanza Springs near Jacumba, California…

[. . .]

Me, my friends and brothers have found an abandoned railroad, hidden abandoned strong boxes cemented into the rocks, an old broken down damn and a bunch of Indian art, pottery schards and stuff. BLM land is right next to the resort property. What we want to know is, are there any minerals like gold or precious stones that we should be looking for?

Can anyone help us?

Please post answer or email me at treyl13@aol.com

Trey, 13

Emphasis was added.

Was the post some sort of weird code, or was “FritzL” trying to pose as a 13-year-old named Trey in order to lure boys in his target age group?

Given Fritz Louderback’s current perch in a jail cell somewhere in Brazil and the accusations leveled against him and his companion, it is a question worth asking.

Any doubt as to the value of asking what FritzL@aol.com was up might be mitigated by this page:

http://www.abreuevieira.com.br/villaitalia/index.htm.

It was created for “Villa Italia,” a “wonderful resort” that was looking “for investors.” The resort was to be in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

The contact number was 55-51-9128-80976, the same phone number given for Louderback’s and Anner’s Dois Amigos B & B. Fritz Louderback was the contact’s name, and his email address was FritzL@aol.com.

If the sixty-something Louderback is a pedophile as the Brazilian authorities allege (the FBI may also be involved in the investigation), he didn’t just start a few years ago. As is too often the case, the trail of damaged lives and wounded psyches could stretch across continents and over decades.

This entry will be revised and updated if necessary.

UPDATE, 1/17/08

From MSNBC/The AP:

[Brazilian] Judge Vancarlo Andre Anacleto indicted Frederic Calvin Louderback, 63, of San Diego, and his companion, Barbara Anner, 72, on charges of “the sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors and conspiracy,” Renata Savian, the judge’s top aide, said by telephone Thursday…

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Anthony Merino, Alleged Creep of Halloween Week

(This entry has been cross-posted to The True Crime Weblog on MySpace. Check out the new profile and add it to your friends list, if you like.)

He may not look like it, but 24-year-old Anthony Merino and Ed Gein might have a lot to talk about if the allegations against Merino are true.

Anthony Merino is in a lot of trouble.

I work hard, so I party hard, that’s my motto…

The semi-pro quarterback and full-time lab tech at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ has been accused of committing one of the most creepy acts imaginable.

I love playing all types of sports(football, basketball, track, baseball, and some soccer). I specialize in football and track. I now play semi-pro football, and I also studied various forms of Martial Arts, from Shotokan Karate, to Ninjitsu, and Lak Sao Chuan Fa Gung-Fu…

Anthony has been accused by authorities in Bergen County, NJ of desecrating human remains. He could get a six-figure fine and 10 years in prison. He was being held in Teaneck on $400,000 bail Monday night.

Sunday night Merino was working at Holy Name. The histotechnician hadn’t worked at that particular facility in months.

A hospital security guard allegedly saw Anthony Merino raping the corpse of a dead woman.

A woman who was 92 when she died.

I’m currently in college studing Engineering/Business Admin. also working. Time is my enemy, I never seem to have enough time to do all the things that I would like to do. ~ this and two preceding quotes from Anthony’s PlayboyGTR MySpace profile.

Teaneck police were called, Merino was hauled off to jail.

One published statement from hospital officials (naturally) declared Merino’s alleged act a “heinous crime” and “a travesty.”

Anthony Merino will likely be subject to psychiatric evaluation while in custody.

He’ll probably be found sane.

And that’s what makes this story pretty damned scary.

That, and if convicted, Merino will only get 10 years, at most.

This entry will be updated and revised.

NOTE:

The following link is not related to this story. At least not directly. But it does help to underscore just how truly appalling Anthony Merino’s alleged crime may have been. The article linked is not for the squeamish:

The Remains of Dr. Bass” (DamnInteresting.com — a site that truly lives up to its name.)

Sources:

North Jersey Media Group;
MyFoxNY.com.

(Alleged) Creep of the Week: Ricky "Funboy" Meuir

(Hat-tip to Websleuths.com.)

Fort Worth Texas (TX) authorities arrested a 43-year-old man named Ricky Meuir last Friday.

He may be one of the most prolific distributors of child pornography that the police in Fort Worth have ever encountered.

Police say that there as many as a thousand different faces seen on the images found in Meuir’s possession.

The cops think Ricky collected and traded child porn, and they’ve got an evidence trail stretching back to the 1980s.

Ricky Meuir has been hit with a felony count of promotion of child pornography.

Police in New Hampshire managed to have Mr. Meuir e-mail them images and videos. Then in July they got in touch with Fort Worth P.D. Evidence was collected from Ricky’s residence earlier this month, prior to Meuir’s arrest.

Ricky’s parents are either clueless or in deep denial. Wayne Meuir told the press that Ricky “didn’t know” child porn was illegal.

I suspect Ricky knew precisely what he was doing.

First, there’s this Youtube account: http://www.youtube.com/rickymeuir. Of this Ricky Meuir’s 99 favorite videos, the majority appear to be of young boys. If they were pornographic, they would have been flagged and deleted by YouTube by now. So it is likely they are videos that seem innocuous at a glance. Yet just the still images that you see representing each video make it clear that the boys are often shirtless, in shorts, sometimes wrestling or doing some other kind of backyard sport — swimming, touch football.

Same Ricky Meuir? Not sure. But it wouldn’t be a big surprise to find out that it was.
Attention will be paid by the authorities to Youtube RickyMeuir’s friends footie66 and Kronamalasa too, I am sure. Just check the stills for their own favorite videos to see why.
Another personal profile came up in searching Muir’s name, and in its way it was even creepier, if possible: http://funboy222.multiply.com/.

The page is titled “ric’s site” and the profile pic is of a young male actor or model — under-12 young. The caption at the top of the page: “Thanks for stopping by check out my pics and vids;you find no nudies here but i got some good ones.”

“ric” left weird comments on other profiles, like the page kept by a man named Tomy, where “ric” wrote “thank you for addin me sir.”

It seemed almost like funboy222 was role-playing as if he were a young boy at times.
Another comment seemed to indicate that funboy222 had his videos and images removed by the multiply site owners as well. Probably after they received a subpoena from Fort Worth PD (just a guess).

And if you’re wondering how I associated Ricky Meuir with creepy ole ‘funboy222’, just go here: http://profiles.yahoo.com/rickymeuir.

Maybe Ricky Meuir really was spectacularly clueless or stupid and didn’t realize there was a difference between all those videos and photos he allegedly possessed and adult pornography. I kind of doubt it, though.

And if Meuir is found guilty of selling this stuff over the net, if he is suspected of making it, perhaps one year in prison per unique child’s face on a recorded image might be an adequate punishment for the man.

A final note: there is questionable content on Youtube, I’m sure, but generally the site has a reputation for being a place pretty much anyone can use. The possible presence of Meuir on that site and the types of videos he favored should raise an alarm for anyone considering putting their kids’ videos there, or anywhere online where you cannot completely control viewer access.

Source:

WFAA.com: “Man caught with ‘thousands’ of child porn pictures.”