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This Guy Deserves a Kik in the Teeth

When a dad in Mill Creek, Wash., checked his 14-year-old daughter’s phone, he found a series of messages allegedly from Mark Holstein, 28. One of the messages even encouraged the girl to delete their chats “in case your dad gets ahold of anything.” The messages, sent through the online service Kik, showed that the girl originally claimed to be 19, but then revealed her true age to Holstein. “You’re the only one I need,” one message read. “Plus prison.” According to the filed charges, the two did meet for a tryst, and Holstein allegedly took explicit photos of her. He apparently enjoyed the experience, too. “You honestly should consider being an escort,” Holstein allegedly advised the girl. “You’d be able to make a ton, I promise.” Holstein was arrested and released after posting $50,000 bail. He faces 13 months in custody, which is just long enough to serve time in prison instead of jail. (MS/Seattle Post-Intelligencer) ...Then he’ll have all he needs.
Original Publication Date: 22 February 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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