Monday, June 25, 2012

Where's Bob?

With the 4th of July just around the corner, it is time once again to gear up for another parade. This is among the very best of our holidays, and in Sierra Madre we have always turned out in large numbers to honor America. Ours is an authentic small town parade, and one that all here take a lot of pride in. Even those among us that we'd wish would go live someplace else. Here is how one of those folks put it in a July 2010 edition of the Sierra Madre Weekly, nearly two years ago:

One Sierra Madre resident, Mr. Bob Matheson, wrote this to our newspaper this morning: "Sierra Madre put it's best foot and fire hose forward again this year as our townsfolk celebrated the birth of our country in grand, Sierra Madre All-American fashion. The parade, the jazz band and activities for the kids in the park, and of course the Beer Garden, are the traditional 4th of July treasures of Sierra Madre. Kudos to the always fabulous Fourth of July Committee, headed now by Matt Bosse, for pulling everything together. It's a time and place that we all keep coming back to, year after year ... a celebration that singularly embodies the "Spirit of Sierra Madre." It's why we enjoy living here! Amidst all this great fun and success is there a risk of criticism? I saw a Fire Department engine occasionally stop and, very judiciously, spray a narrow patter of water directly ahead. The kids had a thrill they'll cherish for their lifetime. I can't imagine anyone being critical of doing the right thing!"

It was about a year and a half after the above was written that Sierra Madre social fixture and 4th of July Parade devotee, Bob Matheson, was arrested at a Nova Scotia airport with a laptop computer containing 2,500 photographs and 280 video shorts of naked teenage boys. With most either posing naked for the camera, or engaged in sex acts with other boys. And, in some cases, with adult men. Bob was tried in a Canadian Court, convicted, and then sentenced to 120 days in jail. Time that he served.

Upon his return to Sierra Madre it was widely expected by residents that Bob Matheson, because he had been tried and convicted in a foreign Court viewed as legitimate by the United States Department of State, would soon be registered here as a sex offender. Something that would restrict his access to things like the community swimming pool, library and, of course, the 4th of July Parade. An occasion that, to use his words, "we all keep coming back to, year after year."

It didn't happen. There are several theories on why Bob was never registered here as a sex offender. One states that since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security didn't get around to searching Bob's home until nearly 3 months after being notified of his child pornography arrest in Halifax, Nova Scotia, accomplices were able to destroy evidence to be found there. Another theory has it that the Sierra Madre Police Department didn't quite know how to go about registering a sex offender, and rather than actually making an effective effort to find out how this could be done, did what they usually do when faced with a situation of local notoriety, which is tuck in for a nap.

A third theory, one that certainly has a strong whiff of conspiracy to it (and therefore appeals to this blog), is that Bob Matheson, an inveterate socialite who partied often with Sierra Madre's most special and locally well-connected people, had pictures and other information that would have put a few of this community's leading personalities into a very bad light. And should the city have gone to the trouble of registering Bob as a sex offender, he would have released such compromising information to the press.

Whatever the reason, Bob will be able to quite legally visit with his beloved Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade again this year. And to commemorate this return to his normal existence, we have devised a game for you to play called "Where's Bob?" It is similar to the popular "Where's Waldo?" game, and if you click on the picture above, it will enlarge and you will be able to begin your search.

Which, come to think of it, is something that you will be able to do when you are at this year's 4th of July Parade as well. Thanks to the indifference of both local and federal law enforcement, along with City Hall, it is quite possible that you will also be able to spot him there, too.

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63 comments:

  1. That slime bucket. The mere thought of him looking at all the children like a cat stalking it's prey is too sickening. Then to see city officials and our bully Police Department strutting around like all is well is just too much wrong in one place. Think I'm going to take the whole family out of town this year to a parade where us knowledgeable citizens wont have to chance a visual of any of those so called reputable politicians or Police.

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  2. 7:04, check out your favorite city for the disgusting so you can alert friends and family.

    http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/cgi/prosoma.dll?zoomAction=Box&zoomAction=clickcenter&zoomAction=clickoffender&lastName=&firstName=&Address=&City=&zipcode=&searchDistance=.75&City2=pasadena&countyLocation=&zipcode2=&SelectCounty=&ParkName=&searchDistance2=.75&City3=&zipcode3=&countyLocation3=&schoolName=&searchDistance3=.75&City4=&zipcode4=&countyLocation4=&refineID=&pan=&distacross=107211&centerlat=38409907&centerlon=-121514242&starlat=&starlon=&startext=&x1=&y1=&x2=&y2=&mapwidth=525&mapheight=400&zoom=&searchBy=citylist&id=&docountycitylist=2&OFDTYPE=&lang=ENGLISH

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    1. 2 registered in 91024: Goodman, Matan Liyor, and Watson, Clarence Eugene. Watson has been in violation of registration since January 2010.

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    2. So it really is possible to register these guys. Maybe they didn't have Bob's connections?

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  3. Perhaps people will really learn now from the Sandusky case. Pedophiles have charming personalities. They have a way of easing their way into adults lives so they can be trusted with children. They are slick and allow themselves to be "popular" with the right people so no one could ever even think ill of them. Then they take it upon themselves to help the weakest and most vulnerable of children, giving them great promises' so they return again and again, frightened but willing.

    Males are filled with shame and fear to report anything sexual. Our society jokes and teases about homosexuality. But, predators are NOT homosexuals. They are predators. Teach your children to stay away from PREDATORS who promise anything and/or follow you in a sneaky and unusual way. Self-esteem is the key to get children to understanding the red flag of sexual abuse.

    Don't run away 7:04 It is all our problem. Confront the people protecting the pedophile, and most of all protect the victim and observe the pedophiles actions. Remember what we see is evidence in court.

    Sandusky showed no remorse and even had a defense. I don't want any more Matheson victims, and any more excuses.

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  4. The game should be played everyday, "Where's Bob" Anyone really know? We know what the police are doing, waiting on the side of the road hoping and praying that you don't see them, do something wrong or go a mile an hour over the speed limit so they can pull you over to issue you a ticket. That is all our Police Department is good for. At this year's parade, the police will be out in full force to issue water gun tickets to any parent that allows their kid to squirt or carry a water gun.

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    1. I'm willing to bet that the Sierra Madre Police are very aware of this nightmare of a man, and keeping an eye on him all the time. But why oh why is he not registered as a sex offender?

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  5. Sickening. If he's not here with his camera, he'll be somewhere else with it. Sickening.

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    1. The sexual innuendo in the Weekly quote is only barely beneath the surface.

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  6. Can you imagine if city hall had spent 1/20 the time on the Matheson case that they did trying to beat the public out of Measure V what the outcome would have been? Pretty good indication of what they do and do not care about.

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    1. Not to mention the cost of Attorneys. I noticed a line item on tomorrows agenda for another law firm wanting money out of the tax paying citizens of Sierra Madre. How much money? Who is Dapeer, Rosenblit and Litvak? What is this law firm doing for the City of Sierra Madre? How many more firms work on behalf the City? Why do we spend so much money on legal services and not law enforcement? We need to replace our Police Department. What does our Police Department do anyway? Who is running this City anyway? Whoever it is they are running us into the ground!!!

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    2. Things like this are not on the city's radar. They only care about more fees, more taxes and more development. We don't have a real city hall, just a development services office.

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    3. Dapeer is a specialist in nuisance properties,eminent domain etc. when the city attorney cannot resolve a matter in their rigged kangaroo court, they hire them. They are subcontracted, but very ineffective. Several cities use them. Mr. Dapeer wears shiny patent leather shoes and hopefully still retains a scar from a dog bite on his ankle.

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  7. It would be interesting to see if No. 3 theory was true. But it dosent seem likely. I don't think pedophiles work in teams or with anyone for that matter do they? I think they are aware of their problem and do everything to hide it from others.Thats what their good at is hiding it from others. I may be wrong but that would be my guess. Who could he "rat out"?
    Go on down the list. So as interesting as the Conspiracy theory sounds I just dont think it has enough bite to stick. Even the theory of someone "cleaning up his home" I dont think that makes sense then he would have a partner doing the same thing as he. I think that it is as simple as the incompetence of SMPD enforcing a crime that was a federal crime and not a local one. None the less Id like to snip his toy off.

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    1. Bob had a young man traveling with him when he was arrested in Nova Scotia. It was what tipped off the authorities. The young fellow was later released and returned to Bob's home in Sierra Madre.

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    2. Robert W. Matheson was somebody's customer. Or supplier. Or both.

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  8. He did his civil duty and voted.

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    1. Democrat, Republican or Decline to State?

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    2. Only know that his should be registered as a sex offender.

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  9. Men with very small fire hoses can't make it with grown up fire trucks.

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  10. FYI for all of you...

    Sex Offender Registration is NOT something that is automatically done, it is done by court order. Typically when someone is convicted of a sex crime in California, a judge will mandate that the criminal is required to register. The California Penal Code has a listing of crimes that require registration.

    If he hasn't been convicted in the state with a sex crime, then there are no rules that say he must register. Out of state residents must also register, but there are no provisions for crimes that occur outside the country. This is an unfortunate loophole, but it is no one's fault but perhaps the state.

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    1. Umm, did anyone in the employ of Sierra Madre call anyone expressing the need to register this guy? Do you really think a judge, if asked, would have said no? Are you suggesting that the persons responsible in Sierra Madre did little more than sit by the mailbox waiting for a letter? One that they never asked for?

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    2. Sound like Theory #2: "... didn't quite know how to go about registering a sex offender ..."

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    3. FYI for all of you...


      You are wrongly ASSuming that the kiddie porn appeared instantanously upon Canadian soil arrival. I contend he brought it with him. If a person is covincted of trafficing kiddie porn he most certainly was in possession of it before his arrival in Hailfax...or wherever

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  11. Keep your camera a hand when in town and take his picture if you see him. Send them to the blog.

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  12. Did the city ever put out a picture of Matheson looks like now?

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  13. Why, when listing conspiracy theories, do we not include the theory that there is no conspiracy. The fourth theory: There actually wasn't anything in his house, no one came through and cleaned out all the porn before the authorities arrived, all the smut was contained on one lap top? I know that this isn't as much fun.

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    1. That's not impossible that he kept his 'collection' on one machine....but there's still an entire underground that makes and produces those pictures and videos, and that, 11:20, is a big sick criminal conspiracy, with which Bob is connected.

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    2. Thanks Bob, we'll take it under advisement. It's all just some BIG misunderstanding, as Bob has told our chief of police..."there are two sides to every story", are you your only fan now Matheson?

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    3. Good point. Bob did his prison sentence in Nova Scotia to be polite.

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    4. Well 11:20, I guess that makes everything just ducky.

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  14. Ive got porn on my laptop. Would I be arrested if I go through the airport. Its no ones business but mine.

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    1. Legal porn? No. Kiddy porm? You bet.

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  15. When it comes to crime in Sierra Madre, you are on your own.

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  16. Sign in his front yard today. Canterbury Landscape. Nice work! For Sale sign is next?

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  17. Ya cant understand Kiddy porn at all. Its just plain sick and demented. There is also a very fine line on the porn coming in from Asia. Some of those young ladies posted are questionably 18.

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    2. I just looked up Canterbury Landscape & it's a big company - not local.

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    3. Looks like there's no connection, as 12:32 could have found out with a minimum of effort. But that was very weird behavior on the realtor's part to hang around a vigil but not participate. Very weird.

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  19. I didn't see Matheson in the picture, but I think I spotted Elvis.

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    1. It is a very early picture of the King of Rock and Roll.

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  21. Just removed a few references to someone who is in no way connected to any of this. Please, let's not do that.

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  22. Just a thought. Would it be illegal to print flyers with Bob Mathesons picture and name noting to stay clear of him as he was arrested in Canada for child porno? These flyers would be distributed throughout town in various public places. This would surely keep him from hanging around. Just a thought

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    1. You could use the picture above!

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    2. That would be a question for your attorney - before you printed up the flyers (and invested in latex gloves and a cash purchase of copier time at some small print shop). This man, despicable though he may be, has not been convicted of a crime in California or the US. Unless you have personal knowledge of the contents of his computer you may want to step away from this idea.

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    3. Beg yer pardon, Mr. Chief Justice, but there would be nothing wrong with saying that Bob was arrested for and convicted of transporting child pronography in Canada. It is easily verifiable, and absolutely true.

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  23. It is of course terrible and confusing for us to figure out what to do with this thing masquerading as a man, because that's supposed to be what the police do.

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    1. It's an ongoing investigation and the SMPD cannot discuss it with you. All investigations in Sierra Madre are ongoing.

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  24. I only can imagine that Bob Matheson is more than likely monitoring and possibly commenting on this blog regarding his reputation. It must be hurtful to hear that he is no longer wanted in town. A complete outcast. If he does still reside here in Sierra Madre, he must be just lying low and not attending any event or frequenting any establishment.

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    1. Nice try Bob.

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    2. Apparently he voted here in April.

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  25. 9:14 sounds like a Man Hater. The Pedophile amongst our town is bad enough but then we have to read that a resident wants to snip his toy off. This is sick stuff here.

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    1. Probably depends on your definition of what a man might be. Personally what I find sick is that this guy apparently has defenders in town.

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    2. 7:21, That is what you have to contribute to the community's problem of having an unregistered pervert free to roam around? A guy who would willingly ruin children's lives? Who are you?

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    3. And maybe you're 9:14, who was insinuating a defense of Matheson, last line notwithstanding.

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  26. 7:21 here, how can anyone defend a low life pedophile unless they have those tendencies them selves. We should have a running list of Matheson and Defenders, it's good to know who your kids are exposed to.

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    1. A blog thread like this one will attract people who have the kind of disease that Robert W. Matheson has. I imagine that they find it thrilling to see how much they are hated. Gives them more energy. So they'll be posting here and there, to see if they can get a rise. "Sick" doesn't do it justice.

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    2. Hunh. So there really is more than one in town.

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  27. Fourth of July Idea - a group march in the parade with anti-Matheson signs and a demand for justice by SMPD. Tattler says this is the first parade we dont have a cause. Lets create a cause.

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