The weekly Houston Press has apologized for a feature on the “10 hottest women” sex offenders. Editor Richard Connelly said he got the idea speaking to two child-porn prosecutors, who said that child predators don’t fit any category. The people they prosecuted included successful lawyers and doctors, as well as unemployed losers.
Connelly wanted to shock readers who have a preconceived notion of what dangerous predators “always” look like — slovenly fat guys in T-shirts asking kids if they wanted a ride. Now, he says, “Glamorizing or trivializing child rape? It did not cross my mind that I was doing that. It should have, it now seems clear.” Connelly concluded that his attempt at shock “failed miserably.”