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    VA~James Benkelman, "odd character" charged with child porn/took boys camping

    While checking up on Joshua Meyers of Virginia--the vice principal of an elementary school--I noticed another arrest nearby. A cautionary tale:

    http://timespapers3.ehclients.com/in...d_pornography1

    Amissville man arrested for child pornography
    July 8, 2011

    "A 48-year-old Amissville [VA] man was arrested just after midnight July 2 following a police search of his home that uncovered images of child pornography. According to court documents, the images were found on a CD in a desk in the basement of James Carlton Benkelman’s home on Pine Drive in the secluded Rappahannock Lakes neighborhood...."

    and

    "...A woman claiming to be Benkelman’s girlfriend said she called the sheriff’s office after finding open Internet browser windows containing child pornography on his computer. According to her, Benkelman was not home when she discovered the images. The woman said she and Benkelman freely came and went from each other’s home and when she stopped by on the morning of June 30 to print something off for work, she was shocked by what she saw. “I was sick ... I thought I was going to pass out,” she said of her reaction. After looking through the program’s Internet history, she immediately went home and called the police...."

    and

    "...Benkelman is employed as a foreman at The Care of Trees in Loudoun County. According to neighbors, Benkelman has lived in the Rappahannock Lakes neighborhood for 20 years and serves on the homeowners’ association, where he is in charge of road maintenance. Those in the community, who know Benkelman simply as “Jim,” described him as a hermit of sorts who kept to himself until recent years, when he became more involved and seemed to enjoy spending time with their families...."

    and

    "....[A neighbor] described him as an active community member who would often take the neighborhood boys on camping trips and canoeing trips. “I thought he was an odd character, but I didn’t think he was a monster..."

    more at link

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    I wonder if this is just a coincidence:

    http://www.rappnews.com/2011/02/17/c...-feb-17/12528/

    February 17, 2011
    "In the same District Court session, Bruce Lee Geisert, 51, of Amissville was convicted of entering a property to cause damage and sentenced to 12 months in jail. Foley suspended all but four days of the sentence, put Geisert on supervised probation for a year and ordered him not to go on the property of James Benkelman and JS."


    Here's his FB page:

    http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Benkelman/1616617140

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    Odd that his lady friend is a make-up artist. That's kind of an unusual combo, given the description of Benkelman. I wonder if he sought her out as possibly she has contact with child performers. She specializes in bridal, pageant and theatre make-up.

    Hmmmmm.

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    There's a comment here on July 11th concerning the arrest of Benkelman which concerns me. Is this person thinking of someone in particular or just speaking generally?

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fauqui...024357?sk=wall

    "...unfortunately there are still more out there."

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    Gee, that just made my day. The man who got arrested for breaking into Benkelman's property photographs horses:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/geisert/579385332

    To be fair, he photographs other things too. Why am I feeling some growing unease? Horses are lovely. Right??

    http://www.rappnews.com/2011/04/07/m...charges/14049/

    "An Amissville man was charged with DUI, tresspassing and stalking last week after Rappahannock Lakes neighbors called the Sheriff’s Office to complain that he was trespassing and taking photos.

    Bruce Lee Geisert, 53, of Rappahannock Circle, was charged with the driving under the influence by Deputy Nick White the afternoon of March 28. Police had been called to a home on Pine Street [where Benkelman lives] by residents who said Geisert was tresspassing after having been verbally warned, as well as taking photographs and knocking on the door...."


    Taking photos of what??

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    I need to get out more. I feel like I fell down the rabbit hole. Let me get this straight. We've got a creep with child porn who recently has been far friendlier to neighbor families and who's taken boys on camping and fishing trips. His girlfriend turns his bunnies in for the garbage she finds on his computer--thank you ma'am.

    Then, we learn that a man was arrested and charged for stalking and trespassing at Benkelman's home. That man, Bruce Geisert, is not only a stalker but a photographer and filmmaker. He's quite good. One of his films?

    "The Stalker"

    I do not make this stuff up.

    http://brucegeisert.home.mindspring.com/id1.html

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    The judge suspended all but 4 days of Geisert's sentence. Then what does this mean? Last photo and his comment on his Flicker account:

    June 30, 2011

    "....I can't bring camera on project. I guess this takes me out of the 365 shots award pool. Back at the end of September. B"


    Geisert has quite a CV. It's the same guy. See the towns and there's the film company. Why would the man be stalking a child porn collector just a couple of months before the man got turned in?

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/brucegeisert
    Last edited by Missizzy; 07-17-2011 at 09:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    Gee, that just made my day. The man who got arrested for breaking into Benkelman's property photographs horses:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/geisert/579385332

    To be fair, he photographs other things too. Why am I feeling some growing unease? Horses are lovely. Right??

    http://www.rappnews.com/2011/04/07/m...charges/14049/

    "An Amissville man was charged with DUI, tresspassing and stalking last week after Rappahannock Lakes neighbors called the Sheriff’s Office to complain that he was trespassing and taking photos.

    Bruce Lee Geisert, 53, of Rappahannock Circle, was charged with the driving under the influence by Deputy Nick White the afternoon of March 28. Police had been called to a home on Pine Street [where Benkelman lives] by residents who said Geisert was tresspassing after having been verbally warned, as well as taking photographs and knocking on the door...."


    Taking photos of what??
    That flickr page has gone poof.

    This is one seriously scary case IMO.

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    I cannot quite put my finger on just why I sense something strange afoot with Geisert, the stalker and photographer and Benkelman, the tree-man, but I do.

    Remember how Geisert said that he was going to be away from his photography for a couple of months? Yes, he is:

    Offender Name: BRUCE LEE GEISERT
    Offender ID: 17218
    Date of Birth: 04/03/1959
    Age: 52
    Race: White
    Gender: Male

    Custody Status: In Custody
    Location of Offender: Rappahannock County Jail

    Geisert is looking a bit "worn" in the Vinelink photo:

    https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/de...hType=offender

    There's something about Geisert's equine and international photography that makes me feel uneasy. I think there's more to this story.

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    It looks like it moved, Filly. Maybe "someone" is reviewing it:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/geisert/



    ETA: Maybe this is just the general Flicker page for Geisert and certain photos disappeared.


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    If you google~Bruce Geisert horses~a number of pages come up. Geisert has 2366 photos in his "stream" and over 100 in a category called "horses"

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/geisert...7625605796382/

    These photos were taken between Dec. 25, 2010 and April 10, 2011

    I wonder if Benkelman has horses on his property and that's what caused Geisert to get charged with trespassing in late March? On one of the horse photos, Geisert comments:

    "...Called the stables: $100,000 horse. Asked if could take a ride; They just laughed...."

    Then there's this one:

    Paste~5575736248/in/set-72157625605796382~after the forward slash following "geisert" (I don't want to imbed)

    with a caption that says, "They really like carrots". These are all part of Geisert's stream and also shown in other folders such as "Love of Horses" and "Poulain mon ami".

    Probably nothing at all. I'm just horribly jaded after researching Douglas Spink and his buddies. For all we know Geisert could have been locked up for some minor probation violation.

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    The two men's houses are 1,000 feet apart but not adjacent. Also at Geisert's address is this:

    US Robot & Mechanical Men, Inc
    205 Rappahannock Circle
    Amissville, VA 20106-9613

    From Wiki:

    "The fictional corporation U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc. is the major manufacturer of robots in the 21st century in Isaac Asimov's Robot Series of novels and short stories. U.S. Robots was founded in 1982 by Lawrence Robertson...."

    For the address above, Geisert and L. Robertson are listed as partners in that "business". Is this just a joke? Why have a business license?

    Somebody please stop me. I'm down the rabbit hole and can't get up.

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    Correct information

    Hello
    Whoa.. Someone has fallen down the rabbit hole and has a huge story that doesn't match up to anything

    I'm the "makeup artist"- JS!
    *Let me clear everything up for everyone,I've known Jim for 4 years we all live in the same community. I'm his neighbor and yea I'm a makeup artist but "NOT!" his girlfriend,I don't no how people came up with that one...

    My sister "was" his girlfriend.
    I introduced them a little over a year ago and she moved into a house in the neighborhood (she was going to even before they became bf/gf) and they were girlfriend and boyfriend until the unthinkable was found by my sister.

    I do makeup on little pageant girls and he clearly isn't into little girls,it's young prepubesent boys ages 5-14.

    Bruce also lives in the neighborhood & is jims neighbor- I had to go to court in feb bc while Jim was gone on a hunting trip I kept an eye on his dog and when i went over I seen Bruce coming out of his house with arms full of beer. I was just shakin my head bc it was like grumpier old men between the two of them.
    I waited until Jim got home then told him but Jim was so mad I guess bc Bruce was in there and couldve snooped *around or whatever so he called the cops and I had to go to court and so on and so forth!*
    The judge asked me*what*I*wanted*out*of the situation and I honestly didn't care I just was there as the witness,but Jim insisted on him not coming onto my property or his..(which the hole time I've lived there he only has came over once)*That's the only reason my name was involved!.

    Bruce is a very good photographer and him and Jim used to be really close then all of the sudden there enemies.
    Bruce is a good guy he was just the comical neighborhood drunk! ( and I'm hoping he's getting help in jail)
    Jim also took tons and tons of pics
    He had lots of labtops,flash drives,exspensive cameras,memory cards ect everywere.

    Jim was very close with the neighborhood "boys" I have a little girl and he never payed her any attention! Only the little boys, he was an active member in the community and built floating docks,rope swings ect for the boys to play on. It's a shame we thought he was doing amazing things but instead he was watching these young boys play in there swim suits and fantasing.! Sick.

    If you all need anymore info let me know I'll let you no what I no.*

    His arraingment is august 16 and there * Could also be pendingu charges.. : /.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshill2011 View Post
    Hello
    Whoa.. Someone has fallen down the rabbit hole and has a huge story that doesn't match up to anything

    I'm the "makeup artist"- JS!
    *Let me clear everything up for everyone,I've known Jim for 4 years we all live in the same community. I'm his neighbor and yea I'm a makeup artist but "NOT!" his girlfriend,I don't no how people came up with that one...

    My sister "was" his girlfriend.
    I introduced them a little over a year ago and she moved into a house in the neighborhood (she was going to even before they became bf/gf) and they were girlfriend and boyfriend until the unthinkable was found by my sister.

    I do makeup on little pageant girls and he clearly isn't into little girls,it's young prepubesent boys ages 5-14.

    Bruce also lives in the neighborhood & is jims neighbor- I had to go to court in feb bc while Jim was gone on a hunting trip I kept an eye on his dog and when i went over I seen Bruce coming out of his house with arms full of beer. I was just shakin my head bc it was like grumpier old men between the two of them.
    I waited until Jim got home then told him but Jim was so mad I guess bc Bruce was in there and couldve snooped *around or whatever so he called the cops and I had to go to court and so on and so forth!*
    The judge asked me*what*I*wanted*out*of the situation and I honestly didn't care I just was there as the witness,but Jim insisted on him not coming onto my property or his..(which the hole time I've lived there he only has came over once)*That's the only reason my name was involved!.

    Bruce is a very good photographer and him and Jim used to be really close then all of the sudden there enemies.
    Bruce is a good guy he was just the comical neighborhood drunk! ( and I'm hoping he's getting help in jail)
    Jim also took tons and tons of pics
    He had lots of labtops,flash drives,exspensive cameras,memory cards ect everywere.

    Jim was very close with the neighborhood "boys" I have a little girl and he never payed her any attention! Only the little boys, he was an active member in the community and built floating docks,rope swings ect for the boys to play on. It's a shame we thought he was doing amazing things but instead he was watching these young boys play in there swim suits and fantasing.! Sick.

    If you all need anymore info let me know I'll let you no what I no.*

    His arraingment is august 16 and there * Could also be pendingu charges.. : /.

    Hi, J and welcome to WS.

    Thanks so much for the information. Glad to know you are safe.

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    Smile

    Thanks filly

    it was funny bc I googled Jim benkleman arrested.. Just to find the article online,& I seen this website and read it and was like wait a minute I have to get these folks on the right track

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