Inspector General Launches Probe Into Federal Judge Following Sting Operation

Federal Judge Scott Bain finds himself the subject of an investigation from the Office of Inspector General after being caught in a hidden-camera sting operation.

Judge Scott Bain, age 50, serves as a patent judge for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He previously worked as a partner at Wiley Rein, one of the largest law firms in Washington DC. Bain engaged in a weeks-long campaign of sexting with Predator DC’s decoy, posing as an underaged teen. Bain first met the decoy on Tinder, and his conversations with the young teen, whose Tinder bio clearly stated she was in High School, quickly turned sexual. At many points during Predator DC’s investigation, Bain attempted to groom the teen for sex at the very moment he was presiding over hearings at the USPTO, even sending lewd imaged from his chamber. The USPTO informed Predator DC that they have referred Judge Bain for investigation by the Office of Inspector General.

Other Predators Caught In The Sting:

Gagan (AJ) Kumar, age 50, told Predator DC that he works for a Virginia-based federal contractor known as CompuGain. Kumar engaged in a series of sexually charged text messages and phone calls with the decoy, who he believed to be an underaged teen girl. Upon arriving at Predator DC’s sting house, Kumar gave the decoy red roses and brought a bag containing alcohol, condoms, and a sex toy, along with spare batteries.

Paul Turner, age 46, presents himself as working for a Crystal City company called MSI. Predator DC found that Turner’s cell phone number traced back to a bogus company and subjected him to further scrutiny after he revealed in text messages with the decoy, posing as an underaged teen, that he holds a security clearance. Further reporting uncovered that Turner is in fact a CIA operations officer and that his company is an agency cut-out. Turner’s resume boasts that he was a George Soros Scholar at Central European University. Turner engaged in a series of grooming messages with the decoy before arriving at Predator DC’s sting house with alcohol and condoms.

PredatorDC is making the findings of its investigation available to law enforcement and to the predators’ government employers upon request.

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