Clifford Eric Wallach
For most decent human beings, children are blessings. After having a child, you may find yourself drawn to other children around, and maybe even have some maternal instinct to want to protect them as your own. I know that’s what happened after I had my son.
I never really liked kids, but after having my own, I had this overwhelming feeling of compassion for all children. Stories about child abuse hit me especially hard after the birth of my son, and I know I am not the only one to feel that way.
Now, maybe this is a far stretch, but all good parents would not want any harm to come to a child, whether it be their own or someone else’s. Agreed?
Clifford Wallach, screen name “FOTOPHIX”, of Fort Meyers, Florida, does not agree. Or perhaps he doesn’t see 14 year old boys as children, but as mature young adults? Or maybe Mr. Wallach sees young teenagers as capable of agreeing to consensual sex with older men and that it’s impossible for a far older man to manipulate them into doing so?
One can only wonder what went on in Clifford Wallach’s head.
In November of 2007, Clifford Wallach lived a comfortable life, complete with a 5 year old son and a loving wife. But for whatever reason, Clifford thought it a good idea to loiter around in some chat rooms for underage users.
What would drive a married parent to do such a thing? Boredom, marriage troubles, being a sex addict? Who knows. Clifford Wallach’s judgment got considerably worse after finding a young “14 year old boy” to have sexually explicit internet and phone chats with.
Now, I put “14 year old boy” in quotations because on the other end of the computer and phone, there was not a high school freshman, but a grown adult member of Perverted Justice acting as a decoy in one of their infamous sting operations used to catch sexual predators.
Both the chat logs and phone conversations contained explicit conversation about 42 year old Wallach having sex with this 14 year old boy. And if Clifford Wallach’s judgment wasn’t bad enough there, he went through with meeting up at the “boy’s” house (which was really a trap house used for the sting operations, complete with cameras to track his every move).
Think Clifford’s lack of morals stopped there? Unfortunately, no, it only got worse. Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC (who hosts To Catch A Predator), Florida police and members of Perverted Justice all waited then watched as Wallach pulled up to the house. They all got in position for the sting when suddenly, something sickening and unexpected happened; Clifford Wallach opened the back door of his car to help out a small child, his son.
Perhaps I should spell this out so readers can understand the severity of the issue: This grown man brought HIS SON to a house where he was supposed to meet up and have SEX with another child!
Needless to say, the operation didn’t go as planned, and instead of Chris Hansen going over the chat log and embarrassing the BeJesus out of Mr. Wallace on national television, he was sent out of the house after claiming he was merely there to “take someone out to lunch.”
As he exited, police separated Wallach and his kindergarten son in a careful manner so as not to scare the little boy. Later Clifford Wallach was locked up and the boy’s mother was called to pick up their son.
Wallach thought that he’d go to trial and beat the charges. Wallach, like all predators who think that, was wrong. He hired a defense attorney who was scum enough to defend him and assumed he’d be the first of Perverted Justice’s Hall of Shamer who would be acquitted of the charges. Unfortunately for Wallach, that was only wishful thinking.
His defense attorney and his father, Joel Wallach, tried to make it clear that Clifford was a loving family man who only came to the house to “eat some cookies and take a new friend out to McDonald’s.” I’m sorry, but isn’t a strange old man just “innocently” taking a very young teenage boy out to lunch extremely creepy and wrong in most people’s books? So meeting up with that teenager to have sex with him is even more creepy and wrong, right?
The Judge in his case thought so, and after having his trial postponed, Clifford Wallach was convicted of 1 count of Child Abuse (for bringing his son) and 1 count of Attempted Lewd/Lascivious Act Upon a Child. His sentence fell between 33 months and 10 years in prison. Sadly, Clifford Wallach was only given 5 years. We can only hope he’s learned his lesson.
Clifford Wallach was also ordered to register on Florida’s Sexual Offender Database. You can view his flier by clicking here
In case anyone is wondering about the little boy, he was taken from both of his parents’ custody, since his mother stood by her pedophile husband, and was sent to live with more responsible parents. I’m sure everyone who was involved with and has seen/read about Wallach’s capture is glad that Perverted Justice was there instead of a 14 year old boy home alone. God only knows what would have happened.
Is it just me, or is it a far stretch to believe that Clifford Wallach may very well have been abusing his son? Though he was married, Wallach was clearly not straight and obviously favored too-young boys. His son fits that criteria, and he also brought his child along!
What was a 5 year old boy supposed to do while his father was having sex with an underage child? Twiddle his thumbs in another room? Would the boy have been forced to participate and watch?
There are so many what-ifs and only very few ideas that would have kept the boy shielded from what would have happened. Luckily Clifford Wallach walked right into a trap and was put away before any physical harm could be done.
This is Another First Effort, This Time From An Author Who Calls Herself Leasha. Congratulation Leasha On A Job Well Done.
I’d just like to point out one thing very quickly. The top picture is one of the first mugshots of Clifford Wallach, taken back in late 2007 or early 2008. The second picture is his most recent mugshot, from his Florida Sex Offender flier, probably taken sometime in 2010. What do these pictures say about the quality of Clifford Eric Wallach’s life behind bars?
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