Meet 27 year old Amanda Zolicoffer and 75 year old Douglas Blansett. That’s their mug shots below…
The unlikely couple each face a misdemeanor public lewdness charge in Oklahoma, having been arrested in a most unlikely way… by a private Dudley-do-Right citizen who captured their intimate acts with his drone…
The incident in question was filmed by Oklahoma’s “Video Vigilante” Brian Bates (a/k/a YouTube’s JohnTV vigilante), who has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to his plethora of videos recording real world prostitutes getting it on with their johns in public. Bates reportedly has made it his own personal mission to film prostitutes and their clients around his neighborhood in order to clean up the streets as well as help the women he says are being forced into sex work against their will. And so it was in this case when Bates watched Amanda Zolicoffer get into a white Ford truck owned and driven by Douglas Blansett, except that this marked the first time that Bates used a drone to pursue and record his subjects.
Bates recorded the incident and then handed the video off to Oklahoma Vice Cops, who promptly swore out an Affidavit of Probable Cause which resulted in Mandy and Doug’s respective arrests…
Unfortunately for her, Amanda was already quite familiar to the County’s Vice Squad, and she was easily identified on the drone video by her distinctive facial tattoos and a tattoo on her right arm that shows praying hands with the words “Baby Gangster”.
I can’t (well I can, but I won’t) get more graphic than that, but suffice it to say that Sgt. Ben Lacaze, who watched the video and swore out the affidavit, indicated under oath that “… the occupants of the truck could be seen through the front windshield… the driver lying on top… [of Amanda] was seated in the passenger seat… pants off… and the driver appeared to be having sexual intercourse with [Amanda]. Once… [they] saw the drone, they immediately ceased their activity and left the area.”
Memo to the Folks: I don’t know the first thing about Oklahoma law or procedure but I can say a few things about this video… 1) It is an excellent example of the fact that privacy is an archaic concept. “Big Brother” is always watching, whether in the form of the government or private busy-bodies like Brian Bates. This is a sad but true fact of modern life, so you are on notice, and forewarned is forearmed. 2) The cops did not invade anyone’s privacy in this case. They were given a video taken by a private citizen and as the 4th Amendment does not apply to private citizens even if the video was illegally taken (apparently the sex act in question occurred on private property) it would still be admissible in evidence (at least as a matter of federal law). 3) Florida makes it a crime to expose sexual organs in public (see F.S. 800.03, Lewd, Indecent Exposure) but the same is a misdemeanor offense in the Sunshine State. 4) Not withstanding the “thrill factor”, if you want to have a happy ending, then bang away in private. Getting arrested (much less having your face and car plastered on YouTube by some douche baggerous self-proclaimed prurient vigilante) is much, much worse than a cold shower. 5) Believe it or not, there are plenty of freaks like Brian Bates – people who spend their time playing cop – out there. This guy is obsessed with hookers (I wonder what Freud would have to say about that) but wanna-be cops like Brian Bates come in all forms, and you have no constitutional protection against them, so your only safeguard is your own better judgment and common sense.
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