Thursday, July 26, 2007

Jeff Doland: Bizarre news day

Our newsroom has been tracking the background of Jeff Doland of Uniontown for about 24 hours now, and this guy is a maze of nothingness.

His arrest last night for attempting to pay an undercover officer in Florida $550 to bind her two children (12 and 9) and have them held underwater til they passed out defies words. Doland, admitted it was a sexual fantasy. He is married with two kids living in his house near a school in Green and that's about as good as it gets.

As I leaf through his personnel file and other documents that shed light on his background, I'm stunned that there's nothing -- at least nothing obvious -- that jumps out and shows this guy to be a sicko. Nadda. Nothing. Just document after document of his computer skills and job career. He sounds more like an IT geek than a perv-in-waiting.

When someone who works with kids is busted, reporters often find a trail of missteps leading up to the crime. I like to say, "bad guys don't start off robbing banks; they start off shoplifting." So where the heck did this guy start?

If there's nothing obvious in the guy's background that throws a red "danger" flag, then how was he able to hide this sick side of his character? My most immediate questions relate to whether Doland had any real child victims here in the area. Police say he sent photos of child torture to the undercover officer, but we don't know if those are pictures Doland took himself or downloaded.

The whole thing is scary as hell, but right now I think it's equally terrifying that we don't know what Doland's been doing with his free time up until now.


Anonymous said...

Wow. Waterboarding kids for fun. Now can we call it torture?

Anonymous said...

I don't think many people understand. Jeff Doland is one of the kind, caring persons I've ever met. Something went wrong. Very, Very wrong. He needs help. Deep inside is a very troubled guy. I feel bad for him and his family.

Anonymous said...

i agree he was a good guy