On to tampering, the Chairman of the Collins Board of Trustees arrested in an online internet sting called the same detective responsible for his arrest. We happened to be in Diamond working on another story when we found out this information. The detective was almost at a loss for words. Since he has recorded conversations in the past for other sex stings he immediately grabbed a recorder and recorded the conversation. He says Allen Kauffman was basically asking him to drop the case and do nothing with the evidence on his hard drive. The detective recognized Kauffman’s voice because he spent a day transporting him when the warrant was served. The call did show up anonymous on his caller I.D. The caller also talked candidly about the case and his wife.
If Kauffman made this call you wonder what the heck he was thinking, it could clearly lead to yet another charge. It made me wonder if he was that desperate, ashamed etc. or if he thought politics had pull even counties away from where he leads a small village.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Reporter talks about working on internet sex sting case
Emily Rittman of KSPR in Springfield, in her blog TV People are People Too, has some background information about Collins Mayor Allen Kauffman's arrest by Diamond Police Detective Jim Murray in one of Murray's internet sex stings: