Bored Teen Behind Boy-for-Sale Craigslist Hoax

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According to science, bored teens are responsible for 83 percent of all crimes.
Selling your son on Craigslist sounds like the work of a depraved father or a bored teen. Fortunately for Spokane police, it's the latter.

Last month, a Spokane woman saw an ad from a man named Rick Obelophy offering his son Gavin to anyone who could cough up $5,000. "He doesn't fuss very much, but when he does he just screams for hours," read the ad. "I usually just put him in his closet until he stops and that usually works."

The woman called police who then went looking for Mr. Obelophy and his discounted brood. An investigative trail that led to the computer of a bored 17-year-old teenager in Saindpoint, Idaho.

The home-schooled perpetrator told authorities he posted the ad as a joke, using a photo of a random boy he found online. He had no idea that the cops were involved until last weekend. And he wrote an apology letter after learning of the outcome of his hoax.

Unfortunately for the teen, Sandpoint police aren't in the forgiving mood. Despite not having any kind of criminal background, they're considering charging the teen with identity theft, fraud or violation of Idaho's adoption laws.

 
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