Lt. Glenn Lang & Maine’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
It is not clear exactly when journalism died in Maine. Perhaps it was somewhere among reporting on the Yarmouth Clam Festival, the local baked bean supper or if dogs should be leashed at Willard Beach in South Portland.
It was a slow death; a painful slide from robust reporting to re-printing government press releases, such as from the Maine State Police, without question and calling it journalism.
The death has been a boon for government employees. Now corrupt state workers have an entire press corps operating, for free, as their public relations team.
Last week Maine journalism finally arrived at the morgue, DOA, when a freshly released Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from The US Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed Maine’s Computer Crimes Director, Lt. Glenn Lang, has been lying for years and no one reported the story.
Maine media outlets were all too busy reporting on the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s search for volunteers and a jar of Vaseline thrown at Governor LePage by former state representative Joanne Twomey. Journalists couldn’t have been expected to report on evidence that Maine’s Computer Crimes Director had been caught lying, extensively, about his arrests rates.
Why would that be news in Maine anyway?
On 25 March 2015 the Department of Justice replied to a FOIA request regarding funding and arrests rates for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforces.
For the past four years I have been asking for this public information from Lt. Glenn Lang and the Department of Justice.
Lt. Lang not only refused to release this public information, he told me to go away and stop bothering him. Sure, why should a public official, paid by our tax money, be expected to respond to a citizen asking for public information. The indignity of it. Really.
To be fair, my requests must have irritated because no one has ever questioned Glenn Lang. No one has questioned his arrest rates. No one has asked why the Maine Computer Crimes website does not work. No one has questioned his credentials and how and why he was appointed to be director of Computer Crimes. No one has ever even asked him to produce an annual report of how he is spending state and federal tax money.
Not state legislatures on the Joint Standing Committed on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, who are legally required to provide oversight. Not the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Department of Justice also required to provide oversight for the money they provide to Lt. Lang. And, of course, not one Maine journalist has questioned Lt. Lang.
So all my questions must have been a shock to Glenn Lang.
To my knowledge, the only person who started asking questions was Senator David Burns. When Senator Burns, himself a retired State Trooper, was Chair of Maine’s Government Oversight Committee he attempted to open an investigation into Lt. Lang’s funding and arrest rates.
Apparently, Senator Bill Diamond prevented Senator Burns from conducting an investigation. Senator Burns may be reached at (207-287–1505) or email@example.com for confirmation and/or interview requests.
There have long been public rumors in Maine about Senator Diamond’s questionable conduct, particularly in relation to his activities as Director of Governmental Relations at Élan School.
Due to the lack of a public forum to discuss the widespread institutional abuse of children, frustrated survivors and whistle-blowers have begun posting on Bill Diamond’s Amazon.com review page.
Yet, despite all that has been made public about Bill Diamond, and the abuse at Élan, Diamond has enjoyed total impunity and remained “untouchable.” Apparently, he has also, for some reason, made himself Lt. Lang’s protector and rendered Glenn Lang beyond questioning and accountability as well.
Glenn Lang Child Porn Arrest Rates Reported by DOJ
Here are the number of child pornography arrests Lt. Lang reported to the Department of Justice.
Maine Media Reports on Glenn Lang
Here is how Maine journalists have been reporting on Lt. Lang. I contacted all of these journalists, and their colleagues, and provided the comparative data: what Lt. Lang told them in an interview versus what Lt. Lang reported to the Department of Justice. Not one journalist has yet to even issue a correction statement.
Bangor Daily News
Abigail Curtis reported on 17 November 2013, in “This Woman is Raising $100K to Help Maine State Police Investigate Child Pornography,” that Lt. Lang said he “arrest [s] between 70 and 80 Mainers a year, generally on charges related to possession of child pornography.”
• In only one year, 2012, did Lt. Lang report more than 70 child porn arrests to the Department of Justice.
Jaclyn Cangro reported, 19 November 2014, in “Police See Hundreds of Child Porn Cases Annually,” that Maine Computer Crimes Unit has 17 people on staff. She reported Lt. Lang said, “It’s just amazing that we go out week after week after week and still we find these people and we’re still making arrests every week.” Jaclyn Cangro’s report continues, “We’re always way behind on the number of cases we have. We triage everything that comes in because we simply can’t get to all the cases,” says Lang. Those at the unit say they deal with hundreds of cases each year. Senator Diamond is currently working on a comprehensive package that would create a line in the budget specifically for the unit and increase the amount of education on child pornography.”
• According to the numbers Lt. Lang provided DOJ only in 2012 and 2013 would Lt. Lang have averaged even one arrest per week, let alone arrest(s) in the plural.
• As for “hundreds of cases each year,” Lt. Lang reported only 172 arrests in a 5 year period to the Department of Justice. On average that is 29.2 cases per year not hundreds. Lt. Lang has never reported more 82 arrests in one year, let alone hundreds.
Samantha Edwards reported, 19 July 2013, in “Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit Struggles With Funding, Emotion,” that “Last year, nearly 300 child exploitation cases were handed over to the team. For the men and women of the unit the high emotions and scarce resources only motivate them to work harder.”
• Lt. Lang told WCSH in 2012, 300 child exploitation cases were referred to Maine Computer Crimes Unit but Lt. Lang reported only 82 arrests in 2012. Why only 82 arrests out of 300 referrals?
• Lt. Lang told WCSH that “Last year, the computer crimes unit logged 84 child exploitation arrests. At least half of those have proceeded through the court system and ended in guilty pleas or verdicts.”
Only half resulted in verdicts or guilty pleas? What? Why?
In 2014 WGME reported, in “Computer Crimes Unit Combats Growing Child Porn Problem,” that “Lang said two arrests in one small town reflect the magnitude of the problem. “It’s huge,” said Lang. “It’s absolutely huge.” And statistics from the computer crimes unit show it’s growing every year. In 2011, the team investigated 208 child exploitation cases. In 2012, that figure jumped to 350. And in 2013, they investigated 537 cases.”
• Lt. Lang told WGME reporters he investigated 208 cases in 2011. He reported to DOJ he made only 9 arrests. Why only 9 arrests out of 208 investigations?
• Lt. Lang told WGME reporters he investigated 350 cases in 2012. He reported to DOJ he made 82 arrests. Why only 82 arrests out of 350 investigations?
• Lt. Lang told WGME reporters he investigated 537 cases in 2013. He reported to DOJ he made 47 arrests. Why did 537 investigations result in only 47 arrests?
• Did Lang actually investigate 1,095 cases, in three years, and make only 138 arrests? If only half of Lt. Lang’s arrests, as he told WCSH, result in convictions, does this mean only 69 people trading in child rape and torture, aka child porn, in Maine went to prison (or perhaps only probation) in a three year period?
Capital News Service
Mel Leary, of the Capitol News Service reported, 5 March 2012, in “Backlog of Child Porn Cases Growing in Maine,” that “Members of the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee are determined to find additional funding for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit …a backlog of more than 200 cases with more than 600 computer hard drives that need to be investigated…
…When we were at full complement, had the six detectives working for us and the four forensic examiners, we could just about stay dead even with the flow,” he said. Lang said …In 2011, the unit handled 235 child pornography cases, which represents 73 percent of the unit’s workload, according to statistics from Lang. …Overall, the unit has cleared 67 percent of its cases. But there is a backlog of 235 child pornography cases from 2011, 73 from 2010, two for 2009 and a single case from 2008. …One section of that bill would provide an additional $300,000 a year for more detectives. It has broad committee support.”
• Lang told Capital News Service in 2011 he “handled” 235 child porn cases but he reported to DOJ that he only made 9 arrests that year?
• Lang also said there was a 235 child porn case back-log from 2011 alone. Why the backlog?
It is not due to lack of funding, as Lt. Lang has been falsely stating.
Portland Press Herald
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Bill Nemitz reported, 29 August 2014, in “Cracking Down on Child Porn Not for the Fainthearted,” that “Lang’s annual budget, much of it funded through year-to-year grants, is just under $1.2 million.”
This could mean in Maine:
• In 2009 it cost $46,153.84 per child porn arrest
• In 2010 it cost $150,000 per child porn arrest
• In 2011 it cost $133,333 per child porn arrest
• In 2012 it cost $14,634.14 per child porn arrest
• In 2013 it cost $25,531.91 per child porn arrest
Does that make sense?
Maine State Police vs Keene, New Hampshire Local PD
Compare Lt. Lang’s $1.2 million dollar annual budget and team of 17 staff with one small local police department in Keene, New Hampshire.
From 2006–2011 the Keene Police Department made 825 arrests, averaging 50/60 arrests per year, on a total budget of $125,000 per year and a staff of one and half people. A little, local police department, right over Maine’s border, in Keene, New Hampshire made five times the arrest with 9.6 times less the money and a fraction of the staff Lt. Lang enjoys. Why?
I called Sgt. McLaughlin (603–357–9813) and asked. Sgt. McLaughlin explained it was very “frustrating.” He said, “you would see units getting $500,000 per year in federal funds and getting one arrest per year” and there was no oversight.
Sgt. McLaughlin also told me he had been forced to stop working on putting criminals trading in child rape and torture, aka child porn, behind bars because he had been told, from higher-ups, he was “breaking the curve” and making other law enforcement officers “look bad.”
Oh. You mean like Lt. Glenn Lang in Maine?
Dr. Lori Handrahan’s forthcoming book Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden National Security Risk details America’s child sex abuse epidemic. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Economics. She can be reached on Twitter @LoriHandrahan2