On February 13, Stan Romanek, 51, of Loveland, Colorado, was arrested on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Mr. Romanek is best known as promoter of the reality of alien abduction, claiming first to have been abducted himself in 2000.
Now, we can be appalled at the sexually oriented allegations, and we can laugh at the intensity of his UFO belief. But if we put the two together, we come up with a far more meaningful insight.
Leaving for another discussion the question of UFO’s themselves, alien visitation believers and conspiracy theorists tend to have a lot in common. They both believe in big, complicated and sometimes unfathomable powers that have a profound influence over our lives. Benign or malicious, these powers explain otherwise random or chance events and give them meaning. How, for example, could the course change of history that became the 1960’s arise from one no-count loser like Lee Harvey Oswald? There had to be more to the assassination of President Kennedy than that. We needed an evil force that was a match for the evil caused by the act.
And this tendency to look for something hidden and big is nowhere more acute among UFO believers than those, like Mr. Romanek, who claim actual alien abduction experience. If you’ve suffered such a monumental ordeal, then any problem in your own life, any disorder or failing, can be chalked up to the trauma. The common denominator in all of this is: It’s bigger than we are. It’s outside of our power to control.
And this is where Stan Romanek comes back into focus.
In addition to proclaiming the gospel of alien abduction for a number of years now, Romanek has been railing against the government for suppressing all of its UFO intelligence and accusing federal authorities of a conspiracy to silence his work.
This, you see, is why the government has been planting images of young girls in various states of undress , sexual poses and depictions of sexual assault on his computer since 2008. His peer-to-peer sharing of child pornography through Internet protocol addresses traced back to Romanek is all part of the effort to discredit him, similar to what the FBI tried to do to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960’s.
When arresting Detective Brian Koopman of the Loveland Police Department told Romanek that it was virtually impossible to plant these photos on his computer, Romanek did not argue.
But neither did he take responsibility. And that, as Shakespeare would say, is the humour of it. This is clearly a man who blames everyone, and everything, else for his own hangups, problems and deeds.
First he denies sexually objectifying children. But if pressed, he can always say it was no more than what the aliens did to him. I also thought it was interesting that when he reported details of his first abduction, he woke up and found himself in a woman’s flannel nightgown. He later came to believe, he said, that the gown belonged to Betty Hill, a grand old lady of the abductee movement whose close encounter of the third kind had taken place back in 1961.
If you find some vague but weird connection between this and his fascination with young girl pornography, I wouldn’t exactly try to steer you away. This seems to be a man whose sense of reality may be somewhat marginal in thinking that aliens of far superior intelligence are interested in him, and that his interest in and distribution of child porn is okay.
He has at least one sympathetic confederate in his wife Lisa.
“Koopman has filled these reports with lies,” she declared in an email to The Huffington Post. Koopman’s findings square with those of several other investigators who have been working on the case for years – all apparently in an effort to discredit the couple.
“But no one reporting on this situation seems to care about that. . . what [Koopman] is saying Stan and I said. . . is lies. Why is he lying? More lives are being destroyed with this case by this man.”
She went on to suggest it “may be a veiled threat” and “a message to others.”
A veiled threat? I don’t know about that. But a message to others? I hope so. Yet the message is not to stop messing with FO conspiracies. Rather, it is: This is what happens when you exploit young girls for sexual purposes.
That’s the reality. As we will see when Mr. Romanek’s preliminary hearing takes place on May 7 at the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.
And if that’s a conspiracy, count me part of it.