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Update on Terrorist Jack McClellan, the Man Who Stalks and Preys on Little Girls



A while back I blogged about Jack McLellan, the guy who published photos of little girls on a website he created for the purpose of discussing his sexual obsessions with them. He also used this website to keep other predators up to speed as to events and venues where little girls could be ogled, objectified and similarly photographed (without their or their caregivers’ permission).  McLellan is in his 40s, has lived with his parents most of his life, and does not work.  He receives Social Security because, says he, he is disabled by “depression, anxiety disorders, and paranoia.”  He says he has never “broken the law” or sexually assaulted a little girl.  However, since he regularly writes about the ways he finds to touch little girls, there is no reason to believe him.  Touching a girl or a woman without permission is sexual assault.  

When parents and others became concerned and angry and his Washington website was closed down, he moved to Southern California where he started up his website afresh.  Parents again were outraged, he was served with restraining orders requiring him to stay away from little girls, he violated the restraining orders and was arrested twice, and his site was again closed down.   Now he’s moved to Portland.   Since he’s never been charged with a crime so far, he is free to move anywhere, live anywhere, and presumably, to continue to start new websites, take and post photos of little girls, and share information with other sexual predators until the level of public outrage results in his sites being closed down again.



I came across an article about McLellan in the Seattle Weekly last week.  It was written by Judy McGuire, who usually writes a sex and relationship advice column, “Date Girl.”  McGuire wrote about having received many letters from McLellan several years ago, before he outed himself as a man who sexually preys on little girls.  At the time McLellan was writing to McGuire, his “habit” was not stalking and preying on little girls but on prostituted women.  McGuire writes about one letter which particularly disturbed her:

His letters were super-creepy, and the intense, psychotic loathing he professed for the sex workers he regularly hired was so palpable, I wondered if he was a serial killer. But this particular letter was different. This time he told me he’d given up on banging pros and, instead, found himself increasingly drawn to little girls.

He wrote, “I don’t watch much adult TV anymore because I’m checking out the girls on Nick, Disney, etc. I don’t consider myself a pedophile and believe that forcing my man-size penis into a girl-size vagina is an abusive and violent act. However, I see nothing wrong with loving, nurturing touch, like cuddling, kissing, massages, and stroking hair.”

…In his letter to me, it seemed like he wanted help. He wrote, “The problem is that I’m afraid it might eventually progress beyond that—into Jacko-style sleepovers, showers, full-nude body contact, cunnilingus, etc. I’m aware of how harsh the laws are regarding adults fooling around with girls this young, but the power of the attraction is difficult for me to resist.”

McGuire consulted with Weekly editors and published McClellan’s letter, resulting in calls from police officers and others.  She describes having been deeply disturbed but wondering whether mostly, McClellan just wanted media attention.  She mentioned that McClellan had had another letter to the editor published in the Weekly. I looked it up.  It is in the May 19, 2004 issue and reads as follows:

I was appalled to see Knute Berger condemning the abuse at Abu Ghraib and ex–Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt having consensual sex with a teenage girl under the banner “Evil Gone Wild” [Mossback, May 12]. Does he really think the two events are remotely comparable? Berger says: “Goldschmidt . . . admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl back in 1975. Only he didn’t call it that.” Well, neither does Canada—where the age of consent is 14. Is Canada “evil” in Berger’s estimation? Anyone who is old enough to reproduce is old enough to accept some responsibility for whom they have sex with.

Jack McClellan

The girls McCLellan stalks — who are 7, 8, 9 — would occasionally be “old enough to reproduce.”  Here is a guy who defends, in writing, having sex with girls to whom he is sexually attracted, so long as he figures they can “reproduce.” 

It is deeply disturbing that articles about this clearly dangerous man invariably focus on the fact that he hasn’t been charged with crimes, that he isn’t doing anything illegal, or speculate that he is just doing it for the “attention.”  He’s moving all over the country, creating, and re-creating his little-girl-stalking websites because he “wants attention”?  He documents and publishes lists of where to find little girls to photograph, touch and exploit, over years, because he “wants attention”?  He violates restraining orders and goes to jail because he “wants attention”? 

As to his activities being “legal,” I think his prostituting of women should have been illegal.  He is said to have loathed them, who knows how many of them he hurt, beat, raped? I think his sponging off of his parents through age 40-something while creating websites about the girls he stalked should have been illegal.  

And in particular, I think his using his Social Security income — funds he receives every month courtesy of all of us who are taxpayers — to prostitute women and to create these websites which stalk little girls, for the sake of aall that is holy, ought to be illegal!

Why doesn’t anybody say this?  Why doesn’t anybody think about it?  Bigots  and misanthropes of all stripes gleefully document, for example, the candy they once saw in the shopping cart of the single mom on food stamps.  They grouse stupidly on about the use of “taxpayer dollars” to treat and support people who abuse alcohol and substances, or, for that matter, single mothers trying to care for their children, and yet here is this guy living on the public dole, using it to prostitute, stalk and assault women and girls and all anybody seems to have to say about it is, “He hasn’t done anything illegal.”

It’s because of men like Jack McClellan that little girls like Zina Linnek, Jessica LunsfordShasta Groene, the Tamas sisters, and countless, countless other girls and women have suffered.  As women we know that McClellan’s behaviors  are not illegal because in our culture, hurting women and girls, stalking them, exploiting and objectifying them, prostituting them, touching them against their will — for the most part, these are not illegal. 

I am a peace-loving person, wholly committed to nonviolence.  I oppose capital punishment and have since I was old enough to understand what it was.  I think the  racism, classism and injustices in the criminal justice and prison system in this country are atrocious and inexcusable.  I believe in, and advocate for, transformative justice.   Having said all of that, it is mind-boggling to me that what this guy does is “legal” and that he may freely do what he does on my dime.  If I’m going to support him, I vote to throw his sorry ass in jail for the duration, without access to computers, telephones, or any photographs or visual representations of girls and women.  I think I, and all women, since we are footing the bill for his sorry existence, ought to be the people to determine what happens to a guy like Jack McClellan.




13 thoughts on “Update on Terrorist Jack McClellan, the Man Who Stalks and Preys on Little Girls

  1. Someone is going to kill this predator.

    Posted by E. K. "Kitty" Glendower | September 6, 2007, 7:52 pm
  2. This is good:

    The self-described pedophile who’s grabbed national headlines with his now-defunct Web site that featured photographs of young girls should be considered dangerous, according to a Portland-based therapist who treats sex offenders.

    Particularly alarming, according to therapist Cynthia Steinhauser, is Jack McClellan’s “unabashed arrogance, his sense of entitlement and the lack of remorse and concern about his behavior.”

    All of which are precursors to acting out sex crimes, she said.

    “His attitude is that, ‘I can get away with this,'” she said of McClellen, who has moved to Portland. “It’s like he’s throwing it in people’s faces. He’s operating under this sense of entitlement: ‘I deserve to do this and I have a right to do this.'”‘

    McClellan says he hasn’t done anything illegal and doesn’t plan to but his behavior should still worry the public, Steinhauser said.

    “He is dangerous,” she said. “He has identified a primary sexual interest in and attraction to young girls and he is fueling that attraction by looking at pictures of them.

    What sets him apart from other pedophiles is his lack of embarrassment, she said. She said with some criminals, particularly notorious ones, crave the kind of public attention McClellan has received.

    She said he is “vicariously victimizing” people who are fearful of him.

    “He’s getting off on that,” she said. “There is pleasure derived from that abuse of power and knowing people can’t do anything.”

    Exactly right.


    Posted by womensspace | September 6, 2007, 9:39 pm
  3. “Someone is going to kill this predator.”

    That would not surprise me very much. And while I wouldn’t be terribly sorry to see someone like him go, I’d imagine that it’s going to be a rather patriarchal man who does McClellan in, more likely than not. Probably some guy who gets into a towering rage about creepy pedophiles, while at the same time has no problem ignoring his girlfriend when she says no. Just a hunch I’ve got. Sort of like how the guy who founded Perverted Justice is no pro-feminist, either.

    Posted by Metal Prophet | September 6, 2007, 10:26 pm
  4. McClellan had the nerve to claim the restraining order put on him in California violated the First Amendment. I do not think aiding and abetting criminal activity is protected. Pedophilia is criminal. I imagine there is some legal technicality that would get in the way of the obvious conclusion, but to my way of thinking, he is directly assisting pedophiles and belongs in jail. Regardless, since when is violating a restraining order not illegal? There was supposed to be a trial date in Los Angeles on Sept. 11. What happened to that? Can he be extradited?

    Posted by Aletha | September 7, 2007, 6:12 am
  5. I found out what happened to the trial on the restraining order violation. The prosecutors dropped the charges. They said the judge who issued the order failed to set a hearing to argue its merits and had not given McClellan proper notice! What kind of legal system lets him get away with this? What line must he cross before he gets locked up as the menace he is?

    Posted by Aletha | September 7, 2007, 6:43 am
  6. I wrote about this on E.K.’s blog. It seems pretty obvious that McClellan enjoys upsetting people and will push the social/legal boundaries associated with his behavior as far as they can possibly go.

    Who is going to be surprised when he molests a child? He’s basically announcing the fact that he’s going to do it. And yet, what can be done to stop him if the legal system feels he’s not breaking the law?

    Posted by gingermiss | September 7, 2007, 8:25 am
  7. Ugh! *sigh* See, I just do NOT understand why these obviously very SICK guys are left to run loose in our population. I just do NOT get it.

    I’ve always wondered whatever happened to John Mark Karr too… the guy who they thought killed JonBenet Ramsey. That guy’s loose out there somewhere as well and he’s obviously a damn predatory sicko, regardless of whether or not he killed JonBenet. He liked to travel abroad so I worry so much about the little girls in those places overseas.


    It’s such common sense to lock these guys up, isn’t it? I mean, why is our country’s court system so hell bent on protecting the “rights” of people who may not have “committed a crime” yet but that common sense tells you that they certainly are going to because of the way they talk and act?? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this guy is a danger to all women everywhere, regardless of their age.

    Heart for President. The ONLY answer!!


    Posted by VeggieFem | September 7, 2007, 5:58 pm
  8. Hello all….

    Heart, I feel your passion in this article, and he disgusts me too.. I talk to my fiance all the time about not wanting to have children, and we both agree and for the same reasons… we would both want to KILL anyone for behaving as this man is with these innocent children.

    Anyway… You’re asking why isnt anyone writing about this… Your perspective echoe’s that of all of us who have hearts and souls… who believe that children are precious, or even who just oppose the mistreatment of children. So, not to sound like ur mom or anything, but why arent YOU writing. 🙂 You’re an amazing writer, and you offer this wealth of knowledge and so much passion, why arent you writing?!?!? I mean we all can write, but you have used your voice here and we all can come and its great, but I think you can step beyond that, if you wish, to be the presence you see is lacking. 🙂

    Hope that makes sense.

    Thank you for keeping us updated on this scum bag….


    Posted by Divine Purpose | September 17, 2007, 4:12 pm
  9. This guy is sick and a danger to children. I don’t understand why he has not received the help he needs.

    Posted by Rose | September 28, 2007, 5:00 am
  10. He does not want that kind of help. He thinks he is exercising his First Amendment rights!

    Posted by Aletha | September 28, 2007, 6:09 am
  11. Do you know where Jack lives in pORTLAND, THAT IS WHERE i LIVE

    Posted by Suzie Barendrick | November 23, 2007, 8:43 pm
  12. Hi, Suzie– I read an article in the local newspaper last week or two weeks ago saying MacLellan had left Portland. He was picked up by police for what sounded like sort of trumped-up reasons and told, basically, that he wasn’t wanted there. The article didn’t say anything about where he planned to go, just that he was leaving Portland.

    I will try to find a link to the article.


    Posted by womensspace | November 23, 2007, 9:36 pm

    I didn’t see it before, but this article says he’s headed back to Los Angeles.

    Posted by womensspace | November 23, 2007, 9:41 pm

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