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Left Behind – 29/52 Ways to Stop Pedophiles

July 17, 2013

What Brian Harling left behind when he moved from his Ft. Myers, FL condo is now biting him in the butt. There’s the giggle of natural justice in this story.

Blue USB Flash Drive in FireHarling’s new tenant found three thumb drives when cleaning a shelf in her new home. She took a peek, then called the police.

The drives, which led to his arrest last week, hold hundreds of sexually explicit images of children under the age of 10.

Investigators located two more thumb drives in the condo. More that 250 of the images found on the five drives are believed to have been created by Harling – some clearly show him having sex with minors.

Creepy landlords are not all that unusual, but Harling set off alarm bells when he mentioned to his tenant that her 20 month old daughter had “seductive eyes.” She wisely moved out after a few days. Her frightening-for-any-mother job was done.

What kind of man abuses children, films the crime and then has so little disregard for raping a kid that he doesn’t bother to secure the proof? One that wears a bright orange jumpsuit for a long time. We hope.

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  1. dee caviler permalink
    July 20, 2013 5:03 pm

    This guy lived/lives in my complex. He just moved out a few weeks ago. He walked every morning. I chatted with him one morning. He was kinda new here. He reminded me of Anderson Cooper. He came across as the epitome of normal/ wholesome/ likeable/ clean/ decent good law abiding citizen kind-of-guy. There was nothing creepy about him AT ALL. We all thought he was gay, like Anderson Cooper. Even gay neighbors thought he was gay. He was much more sinister than any of us imagined, and trust me, the people who own in here are very wise people. One older male neighbor taught him a class to carry a concealed firearm. Another neighbor helped him move some furniture. Our condo association management people were glad to have him move in here, thinking he was going to be a very good condo owner (we don’t want any “creeps” living in here). And they’ve seen it all managing this place for the past 20 years. He had the trust of everyone and apparently seemed to enjoy the deceit he played on everyone. He must be a psychopath. He obviously likes to play cat and mouse games. He played everyone in here. I talked to him for awhile one morning and I am very observant and can tell if someone isn’t quite right or has a personality disorders. He came across as normal as normal can be. But he did keep me at arms length after that so maybe if I had talked to him a little more I would’ve detected the cracks in his facade. I’d say none of us really knew him that well and that should be the biggest red flag to anyone who might possibly have a pedophile living in their complex. If there is someone living near you and they are friendly and nice but you realize you still know nothing about them, RED FLAG. He wasn’t forthcoming with a lot of personal information about himself. Definitely secretive.

    • July 21, 2013 9:50 am

      Thank you, Dee, for giving us this insider’s view. You and your neighbors must be shaking your heads in disbelief and wondering what clues you missed to this man’s undercover life.
      We want to trust everyone – especially our neighbors and friends.
      This man is a perfect example of the charming pedophile and the reason parents must be on guard – like the mom who noticed the comment about her toddler’s eyes.
      Parents can’t be everywhere, which is why kids need training about body-boundries and to not keep secrets.
      Dee, please post another note about this case when there is news. We’d like to know how the justice system deals with this dangerous man.

  2. dee caviler permalink
    July 20, 2013 5:11 pm

    Thank Gd he left those USB drives behind because he was so good at fitting in like a normal person I don’t think he ever would’ve been caught. I am 99.9 percent sure he never would’ve been caught. Hr enjoyed fooling everyone. He almost had a superior attitude the more people thought he was like everyone else. He had us all manipulated. Thank God he was stupid enough to leave those drives behind. He must’ve thought they were well hidden and didn’t want to take them to his new place. He moved to Cape Coral and that town has a lot of pedophiles. He was definitely searching and scoping out for his next littel girl to molest. fortunately, our condo complex is 90 percent retired snowbirds who own in here. He must’ve decided there were no little girls in here to molest. I think he was starting to get urge again, saying that a 20 month year old had seductive eyes. He is one of the most sinister child molesters, had he not left evidence behind very well could never have been caught.

    • Sickened by his attempt to drop evidence! permalink
      January 8, 2014 9:43 am

      Yes that pig stressed he wanted only law abiding citizens renting his condo, that felons couldn’t even visit, imagine that??

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 6, 2013 11:27 pm

    You want a real insiders view? This man, Brian Harling, is my god father. He has been in our family since his 20s. He used to babysit for me and cut my whole familys hair. I, myself, thought he was gay as well! Always have. Even when my god mother was still alive and they were together. He didn’t just fool his neighbors, but he went right over his family’s head as well. He was supposed to fly up to his hometown and come visit us all this week. He was supposed to cut my grandmas hair yesterday, but no one had heard from him, his mailbox was full… We were scared and expecting him to be dead. When my mom googled him, while sitting on my bedroom floor yesterday, and we saw the mugshot, this is nowhere near what we had in mind. We were thinking drunk driving, or you know, a smaller crime. This was not even in our wildest nightmares. HOWEVER; from a psychological stand point, Brian’s father did the exact same thing to him, and his friends when he was a child. He repressed it his whole life, but when something traumatic happened, (his wife, my god mother, died of cancer a few years ago) it all came back and he just snapped. I’m not making up excuses for him what so ever. I am disgusted, and scared, and this is sickening. But that’s just what might have caused him to be so disgusting. ALSO, the reason we believe he rented out his condo and left the flash drives behind, a few weeks ago, he attempted to commit suicide. It didn’t work, and his son was called down to take care of him when the flash drives were found and he was arrested. He was probably not expecting to have to deal with the consequences seeing as he would’ve been dead. I believe he wanted people to find them. I don’t think he was stupid for leaving the flash drives. I believe he was stupid for molesting children!!! But it would seem he realized what he was doing, and wanted to kill himself, but wanted people to know why. It’s still an ongoing investigation, so I don’t know much more than this, and I won’t for a while. But it seems it may be a lot bigger than just this seeing as homeland security is now involved. Do with this information what you may, but I just though maybe an even more inside story would be appreciated.

    • August 7, 2013 11:54 am

      Thank you for this gift of a different view of Brian Harling’s life. This must be a hard time for your family. There is always more to every story of CSA. Yes, most pedophiles learn such behavior from their own youthful experiences. The Internet has expanded the thrill of child porn and made it more financially attractive. Breaking the cycle is not easy – Brian made terrible choices. I assume he received little or no counseling about his own abuse. The general belief now is that he will always be a pedophile. We need new answers and new treatment methods. Perhaps Brian will be involved in research that helps to stop pedophiles.

    • Anonymous2 permalink
      August 19, 2013 8:34 am

      Sorry he was happy as can be about his new house and renting the condo and did not attempt to kill himself till after they were found. I know the timeline, he did not freak out till he realized he left them and was busted!!

  4. Jamie permalink
    August 7, 2013 9:28 am

    I have known him my whole life…and the man that I knew was a wonderful person… he did my hair my entire life… he was a decent human being- when I heard the news last night I was sick to my stomach… I truly do not want this to be true… I am sickened to think of the innocent kids… but also am worried for him. I pray for him.

    • August 7, 2013 11:56 am

      Thanks for your note of respect for Brian. There is good in everyone. It’s the secrets we keep that destroy us.

    • August 21, 2013 6:40 am

      It is so true!!!!! He thought he was so smart but the rush of the move was his downfall. The ‘suicide’ came after he realized he screwed up,no remorse and his perversion was ‘on’ before his trauma. No excuses! Don’t be fooled, period!

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 21, 2013 4:43 pm

      Yes my thoughts & prayers are with Brian also. Knowing him for 12 years as both his client & friend my gut reaction is sadness. Sadness for his family and extended family and their loss. Sadness for Brian, a smart, creative, entrepreneurial man with a bright/witty sensibility. Yes, he is a felon and his professional career is over, however I hope that the justice system will provide a venue for Brian to get the psychological help he needs to end the cycle of his familial abuse.

      • Have compassion for the kids first please! permalink
        January 8, 2014 9:47 am

        And he should never see the light of freedom again!!!

  5. S hanson permalink
    August 10, 2013 11:38 am

    I’ve known Brian for over 40 years. I am devastated, sad, angry,sick.This is a tragedy for so many,but especially for those children.

  6. August 21, 2013 10:33 am

    A couple of comments mention a suicide or attempted suicide. I am not able to find a public news reference to Brian trying/succeeding in killing himself. Please share your info. Last week’s post on Vagilantes is Shamed Into Suicide – 33/52 Ways to Stop Pedophiles. The next post will be on the same topic because so many men are killing themselves when they are caught/convicted. We must find better answers and treatment options for this problem.

    • Anon permalink
      August 21, 2013 11:25 am

      There wouldn’t be any word of suicide just yet. All that’s out in public so far is the flash drives and the child porn, all the other details probably won’t come out until much much later. Itll Probably years before they finish the investigation and can publish it all.

  7. dee caviler permalink
    September 9, 2013 10:46 pm

    Another neighbor who was aware of him moving said Brain was extremely rushed to move out of his condo, and that is why he left behind the drives. In no way, shape or form did he want to get caught. They were in the way back of a shelf in his closet and probably spilled out of a bag when he was grabbing stuff in a rush. He literally only had a day or so to move out for the new renter. He also lied to his friends here one time and told them he took his vacation to drive up north and visit his kids. The neighbors thought that was weird b/c he only left for 5 days, and that would mean 2 days driving there, 2 days driving back, so all that driving to stay only 1 day???? And his tires were clean when he drove back so they thought he was lying. We found out through detective work (after his arrest) that he used his Visa during that time to fly to Costa Rica. Guess he could pay to molest children in C. Rica. He definitely was a sick dude, a pedophile, a sexual predator, and I don’t think he “snapped” – I think he has always been this way – he just hid it very well from everyone. Like I said, a big red flag for any parent is someone who is still a bit mysterious/secretive.. friendly, but only a superficial level/keeps you at arms length. If they were molested as a child that is a big red flag that they will molest but I’m sure they would not tell you that. And if you think they might be gay but don’t have any male dates/friends/boyfriends – don’t assume they are gay. Unless you really know them -DON’T TRUST THEM. No close friends, no girlfriend (or boyfriend), loner type – avoid, and DO NOT leave your kids alone with ANYONE that you don’t know 100 and 10 percent. DO NOT assume these predators will have prior arrests. Many of them are extremely good at what they do and live under the radar all their lives never to be caught. They enjoy the deceit they play on people, cuz they have the upper hand. Everyone to them is not as smart as they are. They feel powerful and in control. They are not human with normal human emotions. children are nothing but sexual objects to them for their own sexual gratification. These are anti social deviants, narcissists, psychopaths.. One of the neighbors said they heard it was his grand daughters’ on the drive he was having sex with. Not sure if that is true but I think this is something he’s been doing for a long time and he hid it very well. None of his neighbors suspected a thing. but of course, there are not many little girls living here. Just a bunch of retired old snowbirds. Cape Coral (where he moved to) is full of families with children and is known to attract pedophiles too. His excuse for moving to cape coral was he needed a garage to put his car in. He drove a new mustang. One guy wondered why he drove a chick magnet car but never had any chicks. We ALL thought he was gay. So when we thought he was a little mysterious we thought it was because he was gay and didn’t want to come out of the closet. so that made sense. Yes, he is hiding something – that he’s gay. Never dreaming he was into molesting children.

    • September 10, 2013 3:50 pm

      Your comment is packed with insightful observations. We say ditto to your advice for parents – especially single moms and dads who can become charmed by the new guy in their life.
      Deep thanks to you and others who post comments with updated info about Brian and his case.
      Such activity is like Vagilantes’ idea of Adopting a Pedophile.
      There’s a news blast when these guys are arrested then they fade from the public eye – especially if they take a plea bargain.
      People like you can keep watch and alert the public when these dangerous men are back on the streets. Thank you for caring enough to take action. You are helping to save more kids from sexual abuse and a lifetime of haunting memories.

    • Have compassion for the kids first please! permalink
      January 8, 2014 9:56 am

      He was a clean freak and the drives didn’t fall out of a bag. He had them hidden on door ledge and dustless so he’d been playing with them enough that dust didn’t accumulate! He had no plan to be caught, he was moving to make room for more victims, don’t be fooled! He had a mission, choosing a renter with small children proved that. I am sure more qualified tenets applied. Too many people are trying to be compassionate for him, ‘poor him he was abused’, etc….well were is that compassion for the children??? What because they didn’t ‘know’ them like you knew him? Crazy!!! He was caught, he’s in pictures, he don’t deserve an ounce of compassion period!

  8. dee caviler permalink
    February 1, 2014 9:47 am

    He asked a Judged to throw out all the evidence. Wouldn’t that be great? If this all went away? And things went back to the way they were for Brian? When life was good. When he was smarter than everyone else. He knew what no one else knew. Even the smartest of people would never suspect Brian was a monster. Everyone liked him, and even respected him. Psychopaths love the cat and mouse game. Even telling his new tenant that her baby daughter had “seductive eyes” was not a slip-up. It was part of the game. He felt smarter than her. That mother just rented a condo from a pedophile. How stupid she must’ve appeared to him. No. He never would’ve been caught if not for leaving those drives behind. Did he think she would never find them? Hidden in a closet on top of the door ledge. What possessed her to look up there? He had no intentions to ever stop molesting little children. He also had molested little boys. Children to him were nothing but sexual objects who served the only purpose of satisfying his sexual needs. Brain Harling asked the Judge to throw out all the evidence because he doesn’t want to face the monster that he is. But that’s all that there is now. The funny, charming, witty, successful, confident (if not cocky) Brian everyone knew, was a lie. The Brian that always felt smarter than everyone else because he knew something no one else knew, or ever suspected. That manufactured Brian is gone forever. He doesn’t want to face himself. That perhaps will be his biggest punishment. Not that he will be living most of his life (if not the rest of his life) behind bars, but that he has to live with and face the monster everyday for the rest of his life, with no facade to hide behind to fool people. For the rest of his life that’s all that people will see when they see him – the monster. And that’s how they will treat him… yes, he would love for the Judge to throw out all the evidence.

    • February 1, 2014 10:14 am

      Thank you for the update. You clearly see the situation and the common traits of such child abusers. Many pedophiles escape from the justice system with motions such as throwing out evidence. They move to another community, sometimes change their name/profession and begin their games/crimes with other children. Please post again when there is news of Brian’s case. Question: is he in custody now? If not, I hope there are people, like you, watching him closely.

    • He was caught red handed! permalink
      February 1, 2014 10:18 am

      He never intended to leave them behind, the tenant didn’t look for them, they fell on her head when something bumped them….like God wanted him to be caught to save the children moving into his spider web before he got them. He is vile and whatever happened in his past is not an excuse, he made his choices knowing each time they were immoral and illegal. He must pay for his crimes, period. He want to erase time to erase what he thinks is his biggest mistake….leaving those behind. He’s to self absorbed to understand his crimes against the innocent was his biggest mistake. It was a blessing to all (including himself to stop him) that they were found. I hate that the courts appease this type of individual with continued delays, did the victims get a break….No!

  9. He was caught red handed! permalink
    February 1, 2014 10:20 am

    Yes he is still in custody by the way!

  10. dee caviler permalink
    February 1, 2014 11:08 am

    Exactly, he is too self absorbed to understand his crime against the innocent. He is unable to understand the immense hurt, pain and life long damaged he has caused to all of these little children. These narcissists, and psychopaths live life portraying a false persona to the world. It’s a self-created persona that hides the ugly monster that they are in reality. Therefore, that is why he wants all evidence that show the real Brian to be thrown out. And his biggest punishment won’t be him locked behind bars, but that he has no more fake persona to hide behind. There will be no more cat and mouse games and no more people to fool. From now on people will address him as the Pedophile (and sociopath/psychopath) that he is. And that could possibly be his biggest hell on earth. It’s only Brian the pedophile the world will see and interact with from now on, whether he likes it or not. No longer is he enjoying the feeling of being smarter than everyone else. No more fooling people, which he thoroughly enjoyed. His last hope is to do away with all the evidence and say the videos and images were Photoshopped, before he slowly becomes Brian the pedophile to himself and to world… 100% of the time. When he realizes the evidence is here to stay, he will have no other option but to face the monster that he is. If there is any chance this evil, Godless person can get better (doubtful, but miracles do happen everyday) it will be when there is no more facade to hide behind and he has to face himself. I think it’s interesting he wants all evidence to be thrown out, instead of facing his actions and taking responsibility of hurting so many innocent victims. Just goes to show how much he thoroughly enjoyed his former life that he would make such a desperate last ditch effort to hold on to it. Those vacations to Costa Rica must be hard to give up too.

    • He was caught red handed! permalink
      February 1, 2014 11:38 am

      Sadly no one knows who he is now, even with the arrest (what if there are more victims are out there that could cement the jail door shut for ever and ever!) He has no shame, so will bear no guilt, only be more careful. No he will just go start over if there were to (gag…) let him off. He’ll do worse next time if allowed because he knows prison now and will leave no evidence or child behind. No he must stay in prison and never never see a child again. If the system did this it would end….but they are people’s family and prevs are protected to often by the enabling families to save face. I appauld the brave family memebers that are willing to tell and stop the chain of abuse! All must be that brave.

  11. Poetic Justice permalink
    February 23, 2014 8:12 am

    Wish more can be said.. but it will all come out when it’s all over – The bottom line is he violated one human being’s rights that is officially known of and therefore he should no longer have any rights. It’s bullshit – he is in the photos and one of the file folders is named Brian Harling on one of the USBs… I mean really… do we have to waste anymore tax dollars and time to process this piece of shit. I just pray this all gets finalized quickly because the God and his universe wanted the USBs to be found for what he was doing all this time to come to light. That is poetic justice all by itself and blessed for that.

    • Concerned citizen permalink
      March 11, 2014 1:12 pm

      A concerned citizen just thought they spotted him and was wondering if there has been any new updates on his case!?

      • March 11, 2014 6:29 pm

        Anyone from the community have an update? What is his status in the legal system?

        • Poetic justice permalink
          October 26, 2014 6:07 am

          He is still in jail. Evidence did Not get thrown out. He is not entering a guilty plea so another trial must happen to waste more time and money… But at least All evidence will be presented…. The trial will be for possession… Then he faces charges for production and the actual crime. #poeticjusticeunderway

          • Concerned citizen permalink
            October 26, 2014 7:08 am

            Well that’s great to here he is still in jail!!
            Do you know if the trial will be held in Wisconsin? Thanks for the info it puts me at ease.

          • An Observer permalink
            October 26, 2014 11:10 pm

            Seems like he’ll be prosecuted in Fort Myers first….it wil go to trail soon, unless he cops a plea, which he won’t because that type of prev thinks what they do is ok! Hope he rots in jail!

  12. Concerned citizen permalink
    October 27, 2014 5:53 am

    I hope he rots as well!! No words can describe how disturbed I was to find out he had done something like this! I knew him for over year. I saw him almost every day. He’s just buying time he knows as soon as he gets in jail he is dead! I just pray for those little ones and hope they can live normal lives after going through what they have gone through.

  13. Too Many Perverts Live Free permalink
    November 3, 2014 6:50 pm

    The news needs to show perverts faces on TV and ask if you know this man and to talk to your children. He worked with kids cutting hair for the love of God….. How many victims must there be?

  14. Chloe permalink
    December 3, 2014 6:37 pm

    His trial was yesterday and today in Ft Myers. You need to watch the news to see the outcome.

  15. December 3, 2014 9:00 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated on Brian Harling’s march to justice…we hope he receives justice from the court. Vagilantes look forward to the verdict. Everyone who posts here about his criminal treatment of children is a powerful force. Stay vigilant! With love, Vagilantes admin.

    • Concerned citizen permalink
      December 4, 2014 6:08 am

      Thank you for all the up dates!

      • Chloe permalink
        December 4, 2014 9:01 pm

        The trial this week was for possession and it was federal as he brought the porn from WI to FL. I was a juror, but was an alternate so was dismissed right before deliberation. I know he is guilty, and know the jurors who did deliberate, must have found him guilty. There was no doubt it was him in the photos on the thumbdrives. I havent seen the verdict online anywhere.

        • Too Many Perverts Live Free permalink
          December 4, 2014 11:36 pm

          Glad to hear the jury was belived and found him guilty? He was clearly in many of the photos. It is disgusting, how many children has he harmed. I can’t wait for him to be charged in Wisconsin, there the charges are more serious! He won’t ever get out!!!

          • Concerned citizen permalink
            December 5, 2014 8:44 pm

            So will he have a separate trial and Wisconsin

            • An Observer permalink
              December 5, 2014 10:05 pm

              Yes, after he is sentenced here (within 90 days), he is off to be charged in WI with much worse charges, to include production of child porn.

  16. Too Many Perverts Live Free permalink
    December 4, 2014 11:48 pm

    Call our news stations and tell them to show results with his picture, so many other victims can come forward and realize the shame is not theirs, but is and his must pay for all his crimes!

  17. pat baker permalink
    December 6, 2014 6:38 pm

    He was found guilty! May he rot in prison & get a daily rape by bubba james. Hope his butt gets a real good beating!

  18. May 13, 2017 5:16 pm

    I just found out this information concerning Brian. I was shocked! I grew up with Brian. He was one of my best friends, and stood up for my wedding. I thought Brian was a little different seeing as he was a guy who wanted to be a hair stylist, but it was the 70s, nothing alarming. He was quiet often, and never really expressed what was troubling him, but he had good friends around often, including myself. I never knew about his past as a young boy. He was my friend starting in high school. He never spoke of his father. Just that his mom, and dad were divorced, and he did not see his dad. I did not think that was unusual either. He lived then with his mom who was a nice lady, and his younger brother who I never saw that often. He did not lack for anything as far as I know. I am not excusing what he did, but at one time he was a good friend, and we had a lot of fun together with other friends. He was a smart guy that others who were younger looked up to. In light of what I know now about Brian, whatever he was battling inside must have overwhelmed him later in life. He should have gotten professional help before all of these tendencies ruined his life. I cant excuse what he did. He must pay for that. But a part of me feels sorry he did not get the help he needed from someone so none of this would have happened to everyone involved. It is all such a shame. I prefer to remember him as he was. I don’t know this person now.

    • May 14, 2017 11:15 am

      Thank you, Jay, for responding to posts from 2014. I’m sorry you lost a friend. Perhaps Brian did receive help, but it did not stop him from hurting innocent children. Maybe he did tell a professional about his secret desires or at least tried to open up to a friend. Was anyone listening? Yes, the people who shared his perversions. They listened and they helped him to learn how to expand and share his underground life. Brian’s crimes were not committed in isolation. We hope several leads from his case will bring others to justice…and to lasting help.

      • Enough pity... permalink
        May 14, 2017 3:44 pm

        Enough of the Brian pity again, he was never a friend, as he was a fraud! (Sorry he fooled you.) But remember, the pity belongs to the children he harmed, period! When he figured out he forgot the usbs he went back for them! He was of clear perverse mind! Proud to cut children’s hair, live with a view of a school playground and attempted to recruit new targets using his rental! Screw the other view! Castrate him!

        • Jay permalink
          May 14, 2017 6:17 pm

          I understand your anger towards Brian. Believe me I do. I was viciously assaulted as a child, so I AM in a unique position to perhaps judge him, and to empathize with his victims. What I posted was concerning him 40 years ago. He WAS my friend then, and a friend to others. He wasn’t always the way he has been in the recent past. I also said I did not know him now. I don’t. Have not seen him since the 80’s. I pity the innocent victims he assaulted. I feel their pain in a unique way. My hating him now wont change anything.

          What saved me from the path of personal self destruction was professional help, forgiveness, religious faith, and letting the past go. I will not judge him, nor will I judge anyone else. It is not my position to judge. What he did was wrong, yes. I don’t condone his behavior. But hate is like taking poison, and waiting for the other person to die. It affects those who judge more than the accused. He surely deserves to be locked up, and get professional help. I will leave his sentencing to the judge, and his maker.

          • Private permalink
            May 29, 2017 4:12 pm

            I stand by my feelings. God can judge him and forgive him. I will remain disgusted by him, especially acting on something you/he/I know destroys emotional and physical well being. I have been raped as a young teen and would never consider doing so to anyone else…he chose his path once he entered adulthood, no defense for his actions!


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