This is why I’ve grown disillusioned with mainstream news

Searching through the news on teh Interwebs, I came across this little gem:

Man In Court For Allegedly Having Sex With Underage Teen

CORPUS CHRISTI – A man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old Aransas Pass girl that he met online appeared in court Monday.

Former NAS Military Police Officer Matthew Craig Ramirez, 29, appeared in court for a motion to revoke his bond after it was brought to prosecutors attention that Craig had violated his pretrial conditions by going to a nightclub.

In court, prosecutors were unable to prove that, so Craig will remain on electronic monitoring until his trial, which is set for October.

Corpus Christi police found the 14-year-old girl who claims she had sex with Craig at his home back in march. Craig was later arrested at the base and is still facing criminal charges and military discipline.

Ho. Lee. Crap. That story is bad. Terrible. Horrible. And I’m not talking about the content; no, the actual prose of the story is an atrocity in and of itself. I’m so disturbed by the horrendous grammar, the egregious punctuation, that I feel the need – no, the compulsion – to edit (and in some places, completely rewrite) the damn thing. So, here it is:

Accused pedophile appears in court

CORPUS CHRISTI – A man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old Aransas Pass girl that he met online appeared in court Monday.

Matthew Craig Ramirez, 29, a former NAS Military Police Officer, appeared in court following allegations that he had violated his pretrial conditions by going to a nightclub. Prosecutors were unable to prove the claim, however, so Craig will remain on electronic monitoring until his trial, which is set for October.

The girl, who claimed she had sex with Craig, was found at his home in March by Corpus Christi police. Craig was later arrested at the base and still faces criminal charges and military discipline.

That last pair of sentences was particularly egregious, and I’m not even sure that I interpreted them correctly. Did they actually find her at his home in March (which is supposed to be capitalized, btw), or did they find her and she later claimed that she had sex with the guy at his home in March? That, more than anything, makes this “story” a journalistic atrocity.

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