April 24th, 2010
12:51 AM ET

Man says Craigslist post offering to sell kids was a joke

New York State Police have arrested a man accused of posting his children for sale on Craigslist.

Joshua Stagnitto told police it was a joke, said Investigator Bryan R. Blum of New York State Police in Rochester. Stagnitto turned himself in when he got transportation to come to the police station, Blum said.

Stagnitto, 24, of Brockport, is charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

Blum told CNN the charge against Stagnitto stems from the fact "that he indicated a baseless allegation of a crime which caused public alarm" and triggered an investigation.

A member of the public called child protective services earlier in April after seeing the post. Authorities began a probe, and had to "make sure that if there are two kids for sale, that they be tracked down and nothing happened to them," Blum said.

When questioned by police, Stagnitto admitted he put the posting on Craigslist, the investigator said.

The two children remain with Stagnitto and their mother, whom Blum described as Stagnitto's "significant other."

Police do not believe the children are in any danger, he said.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Stagnitto could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, Blum said.

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  1. Grant

    Is it OK to try and sell your Mother in Law? I don't want any trouble. 🙂

    April 24, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. J. W.

    I'm a person with a sick sense of humor and I appreciate the joke... but this day and age there are far too many children slipping through the cracks. We read their stories in the paper after its too late and wonder where CPS was? There are people who do sell children so every allegation HAS to be investigated. Perhaps his fine will help recover some of the costs of the investigation – and deter others from pulling the same "joke".

    April 24, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Troy

    I guess we need to start investigations on everyone who makes the statement, "I would kill for a piece of chocolate...." too...what a way to waste tax payers money!

    April 24, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. CREED

    If this is worthy of a fine and a charge...then Tiffany Tehan needs to be charged as well!! That charade cost a whole lot more manpower and money and caused a much greater public alarm. Not that this guy isn't an idiot but seriously...

    April 24, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Elliott Carlin

    It was a joke-CNN reports as news.

    Sorta makes you wonder about all the other stuff they put up here.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. V

    Yea, sending white power substance through the mail was a also a joke...idiot

    April 24, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. bird

    Yeah, eBay covers a lot larger area. Good idea, I would have done the same thing, thanks for the note

    April 24, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. too funniee

    Dumb thing to do, but the villiage of Brockport Police didn't have much to do either. This was the highlight of their year, I'm sure.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. DsA

    Joe Stack's Financial Advisor (2010-04-24 05:43amET): Spot on! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    April 24, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Toots

    The charges are not for putting the ad up there, he's being charged because he originally told police that someone else did it which sparked an investigation. Then he changed his story, which created his "falsely reporting an incident" charge. If he just came clean in the first place he wouldn't be charged with this.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ida Dunnit

    I get the joke. I find it pretty funny myself. Of course it would not have been known that it was funny unless there was an investigation. There is a fine line here, mainly because the potential for the ad to have been a reality.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. g-ma

    I put my husband on there last month and no said a word!!!

    April 24, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. SYEBRA

    Are you people kidding? In a world with pedophiles, how can you be so sure he didn't really have bad intentions and then brushed it off as a "joke" when he got caught!!!!

    April 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. V

    The freedom of speech or to post anything is the right that we have been given, to misuse that right, just because of a laugh is wrong. Put a a damn disclaimer or "just kidding HA HA" in the posting; there is too much BS just in our country to have to waste law enforcement resourese to confirm if this idiot is serious or not.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. AZ33

    Sure, he says it was a joke afterhe was caught! He's only 24. How old are the kids and who was this "joke" supposed to be on? The police are saying that they don't think the kids are in any danger, but do you know how many times that has been said in the past and the next time the family ends up in the news, there are dead kids being reported. His sentence is a joke.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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