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Pedophile plans to revisit SCV

Posted: July 17, 2008 1:17 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
Self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan plans to return to Santa Clarita but not anytime soon.

"I will be back there one day," he told The Signal in a phone interview Monday. "But, I want to assure everyone that I'm not going to do anything crazy."

McClellan, who was responding to a July 23 story in The Signal on his visit last month to Santa Clarita, wanted to set the record straight.

"I enjoy being around kids, but I've never touched them," he said, and added he's only rarely talked to them, and doesn't ever try to talk to them.

"I do find the pre-pubescent girls attractive. They're my prime attraction," he said. "I do think women are attractive but, given a choice, I prefer them younger."

McClellan visited Santa Clarita on only one day, June 9, attending a bowling alley and the San Fernando Valley Fair.

He says he won't be back to the area for a while because it's just simply too hot - literally, not figuratively, he said.

"The air conditioner on my car doesn't work so I've been hanging out on the coast," he said.

But, being a high-profile character these days, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews, McClellan, 45, has trouble keeping a low profile.

On June 24, he attended the Summer of Love 7th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival in Santa Monica, sporting his characteristic black wide-brim hat that he wears due to a sensitivity to the sun.

"I went to that festival, and a woman recognized me. She started yelling 'We know who you are. We know who you are. Get out of California.' No one else did anything so I turned up a side street," he said.

McClellan said he also attended the Orange County Fair a couple of times last month, adding he enjoys more than just watching little girls, taking in attractions such as motorcycle jumps and comedians.

When asked if he would return to Santa Clarita, he said: "Well, the fair is there every year, right?"

McClellan, although he repeatedly admits to being a pedophile, has not been charged with a crime.

Lieutenant Tom Bryski with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, declined Monday to comment on McClellan and referred inquiries to Lt. Darren Harris. The Signal is still waiting to speak with Harris.

McClellan suffers from depression that was diagnosed as a disability, he said, and receives a disability check from the government as a result.

He plans to use the money to set up a Web site, similar to his previous online efforts that featured photographs of little girls and advice on where to find them.

What bothers him most these days is having paid a web-hosting service in the Netherlands $80 for a yearly membership only to experience problems with launching the site.

He said other pedophiles recommended he contact the Dutch web hosts if he wanted to open up a Web site promoting his infatuation with little girls.

McClellan is threatening to go public with what he knows about the site if he doesn't get what he says he paid for.

"I don't know if they're trying to screw me but if I don't get my Web site going or if I don't get my $80 back, which is a fortune to me, I'm going to go public about them," he said.

Ron Tebo, who has denounced McClellan recently in The Signal, the New York Times and on CBS TV, and who has created an anti-Jack Web site to divert pedophiles away from McClellan, is disappointed to hear Jack plans to open yet another site about little girls.

"I think it's disgusting," Tebo said on the phone Monday, adding he was on his way to do an interview with TV talk show interviewer Larry King.

"It's unacceptable. Let him continue to live in his car," Tebo said about McClellan. "I'd like to see him somewhere else completely, like on an island."

McClellan said he read the New York Times article this past weekend about Tebo's efforts to denounce him.

"I thought it was fair. I didn't have any problems with it," he said, adding the only issue he took with The Signal article was the implication that he spent more than one day in Santa Clarita.

When asked what kind of car he was driving, he declined to say.

McClellan was set to move into an inexpensive Los Angeles apartment in Koreatown but another prospective tenant scooped it up. He's been living in the Santa Monica and Venice area, stopping at motels once a month to shower.

Although he moved to California from Washington state in the past few months, McClellan grew up in Southern California, he said, in a "usual family" that often visited Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.

"You have Magic Mountain up there in Santa Clarita, right? I don't know if that kind of thing appeals to me. It's more for teens," he said, adding he prefers to watch little girls at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.

When asked what he actually does when he watches little girls at family events such as fairs, he said: "I enjoy the anarchy of children, the playfulness of children, their attitude toward life. They're more light-hearted, clownish.

"I don't think back to my own family when I go to these events. I feel light-headed when I'm there," adding that he's attended hundreds of family events involving children. "When I'm there, I'm on cloud nine. It's like a drug."

When it was suggested that his comments about children and his sensitivity to sun were reminiscent of Michael Jackson, he laughed and said: "I was inspired by Michael Jackson. I remember when he shocked everyone when he said he, a 45-year-old, liked sleeping with boys; I thought it (public reaction) was kind of crazy."

Meanwhile, McClellan continues to sleep in his car, parked in places where he's unlikely to be ticketed.

"I know I'm being watched like a hawk," he said.

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