When Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio was called on by the NRA to arm teachers and school officials to prevent future shootings, he vowed to send a group of gun-holding volunteers to monitor Arizona schools instead.
The group he put together consisted of 3,450 members. They officially began patrolling in January of this year.
You'd think school officials would feel safer now that they are being protected by thousands of people. Unfortunately the opposite is true. Why? Well, because some of these volunteers have extensive criminal records.
News team KPHO reports that Arpaio’s volunteers have included sex offenders, domestic abusers, and other people with similar unfortunate histories.
One member, Dominic Boulter, was arrested and convicted for committing crimes against children.
According to one article:
Boulter began using an online service called Phonezoo.com in early 2005 to meet young girls between 13 and 17 years old. Boulter ultimately exchanged nude photos and text messages with at least eight underage girls from around the country. Boulter also suggested that he meet the girls in person to engage in sex acts and to get married, according to court documents.
During the encounters, Boulter told the girls he was 15 years old, 27 years old and 32 years old, according to the document.
Boulter admitted to detectives that he had sent harmful images to one underage girl and that he chatted with another via text message and Web cam as he encouraged the child to masturbate, according to court documents.
Another member, Jacob Cutler, was charged with domestic violence in 2008 when he threw his girlfriend to the ground and choked her while attempting to sexually assault her. When she didn’t listen to him, he said she could go ahead and call police because they would side with him since he “has a badge.”
Even if Phoenix-area schools do not want protection from this criminal-laden group, they don’t have much of a choice.
“It doesn’t matter whether they like it or don’t,” Arpaio said. “I’m still going to do it. I can’t imagine criticism coming when they’re given free protection.”
In an even stranger turn of events, Arpaio hired Steven Seagal to give his crew training on weapons. During a press conference, Seagal said he was properly qualified for the job.
“I’ve put hundreds of thousands if not millions of hours into my weapons training,” he said. He said he would do “anything” to protect the state’s children.
“They are our most precious asset,” he said. “They are our treasures and we have to protect them.”