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Arpaio says Craigslist ignoring his concerns over bestiality postings

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 8:19 pm

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is again pressing Craigslist to police its personal sections after deputies arrested another bestiality suspect who sought illegal sex with a dog through the website.

Arpaio has now pushed Craigslist three times to change its self-policing protocol for advertising on the site.

The sheriff’s letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster stated Arpaio hadn’t received a response to two other letters dating as far back as March 2011. In two previous letters, Arpaio informed Craigslist that deputies had arrested suspects for attempting to commit bestiality. Five people have been convicted through investigations that began in 2010.

Arpaio’s letter said suspects had posted specific descriptions of criminal acts.

“It is clear that the 'self-policing' protocol Craigslist relies upon to prevent this activity is inadequate,” Arpaio wrote in one letter. “While Craigslist may not be committing a criminal act, you are undoubtedly providing a mechanism to facilitate obvious criminal activity.”

The sheriff’s most recent letter asked if Buckmaster would continue to “ignore” him, while offering to meet with the CEO to prevent similar ads from being posted again.

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