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California Sheriffs Issue 'Pedo Bear' Warning

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A sheriff's department in California is warning residents about the dangers of Pedo Bear, a mascot used by pedophiles to connect with other pedophiles.

If you're a regular internet user, there's a good chance you're familiar with Pedo Bear, the meme made popular by 4Chan. In case you're not, Pedo Bear is a cartoon drawing of a bear that users post when someone on the internet is being creepy about children.

California's San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department has heard of Pedo Bear, too. Unfortunately, they are mistaken in how they think how Pedo Bear is used. According to a recent report from KSBY TV, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is warning people that pedophiles are using Pedo Bear as a marker to identify themselves as such. The sheriff's department says that although Pedo Bear's origins can be traced to a Japanese cartoon, he has been adopted as a mascot by pedophiles. The sheriff's department says people should exercise caution if they encounter anyone in a Pedo Bear costume, or with a Pedo Bear car decal.

"The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is warning parents about a disturbing new phenomenon made popular by pedophiles and sexual deviants.

The Pedo Bear began as an online Japanese cartoon character, and is known for his "lecherous nature" towards prepubescent children.

Recently, pedophiles have adopted the bear as a mascot.

Although there have been no reported sightings of the image on the Central Coast, individuals dressed in the bear costume and car decals have been seen in Southern California.

Local law enforcement cautions parents to be aware of the image, particularly at public events. For concerns about the image, contact the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement division of the sheriff's department at 805-781-4550. "

Though it seems pretty ridiculous that the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department would believe even for a second that pedophiles would adopt a mascot that would make them more visible to anyone, confirmation comes via Gawker that the department seems to be 100 percent sure about the meaning of Pedo Bear. A two-page public safety bulletin compiled by the team in San Luis Obispo claims that Pedo Bear is being used by pedophiles and sexually-preferential offenders "to communicate their interest in young children to eachother."

Check out the safety bulletin on Gawker.

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    dgingeri , September 13, 2010 10:31 PM
    another case of stupid people being stupid and being too stupid to realize just how stupid they are. If someone really believes this, they shouldn't be in law enforcement.
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    buddhav1 , September 13, 2010 10:32 PM
    I loled.
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    haunted one , September 13, 2010 10:35 PM
    There was a guy dressed as a bear at the University of Toronto Orientation this week.

    Everyone attack!
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  • 35 Hide
    dgingeri , September 13, 2010 10:31 PM
    another case of stupid people being stupid and being too stupid to realize just how stupid they are. If someone really believes this, they shouldn't be in law enforcement.
  • 28 Hide
    buddhav1 , September 13, 2010 10:32 PM
    I loled.
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    igot1forya , September 13, 2010 10:33 PM
    I'm online every day and have NEVER heard or saw this used before... I'm not sure weather to LOL or WTF!
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    haunted one , September 13, 2010 10:35 PM
    There was a guy dressed as a bear at the University of Toronto Orientation this week.

    Everyone attack!
  • 21 Hide
    Azgoroth , September 13, 2010 10:36 PM
    Look everybody! Lets smash this car!
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    Shadow703793 , September 13, 2010 10:37 PM
    Igot1foryaI'm online every day and have NEVER heard or saw this used before... I'm not sure weather to LOL or WTF!

    Guess you've never been to 4Chan/Reddit?
  • 24 Hide
    tsnorquist , September 13, 2010 10:38 PM
    Tom's, you sure this wasn't being investigated by Reno 911?
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    grieve , September 13, 2010 10:39 PM
    That's why i saw those 55 old men dressed as Pedo Bear...

    NO NOT REALY, NO ONE DRESSESES AS PEDO BEAR! wtf, get your head out of your ass.

    Seriously a sex offender is going to place a bumper sticker on their car to identify themselves? Seriously?
    I suddenly feel very un-protected.
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    grieve , September 13, 2010 10:40 PM
    car... not care :(  i feel foolish now... where is my bear outfit?
  • 21 Hide
    trainreks , September 13, 2010 10:46 PM
    next they will be looking for posts with johnny chimpo to crack down on drug dealers.
  • 5 Hide
    ecnovaec , September 13, 2010 10:53 PM
    i have a pedo bear sticker on my car... because it's awesome. well it WAS awesome until I went to my mom's house and she asked what it was haha
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    Kami3k , September 13, 2010 10:54 PM
    Shadow703793Guess you've never been to 4Chan/Reddit?


    Or only goes to Tomshardware, wait nope even THG had pedobear as an article picture before.

  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , September 13, 2010 10:57 PM
    Bahahahhahahaha.
    Fail police officers are fail.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2010 10:59 PM
    Man, hope nobody tells them about Jenkem... ;) 
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    victomofreality , September 13, 2010 11:06 PM
    OMFG I can't believe the lack of research police do before they open their mouthes! All you need to do is type pedo bear into google to see the way it's meant to be used.
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    mikem_90 , September 13, 2010 11:10 PM
    Didn't the police use to think a lot of crazy **** about drug users in the 1960's too?

    Back then they didn't have snopes.com, but today, what is their excuse??
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    fyasko , September 13, 2010 11:10 PM
    The Sherriff in SLO really is... SLO... great college town, dumb cops.
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    icepick314 , September 13, 2010 11:28 PM
    OVER 9000!!!!!!!
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    zachary k , September 13, 2010 11:29 PM
    someone is getting trolled here.
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