Friday, October 23, 2009

MI - Mugshot Magazine generates interest; and death threats

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Sample of this magazine


By Gus Burns

Some readers of “Mugshot Magazine,” a new publication available at some Saginaw and Bay county retailers featuring the faces of Great Lakes Bay Region criminals, aren’t cheering its contents.

The owner, a 46-year-old Saginaw man, said he uses an alias when doing business because of death threats.

He said that as he delivered a stack of his second edition of the tabloid-sized newspapers featuring jail photos of convicted criminals to a convenience store, the owner told him to watch his back: A group of men wanted to kill him.

Mug shots include sex offenders, drunken drivers, armed robbers and more. Not all are recent offenders. Copies sell for $1 apiece.

This magazine’s controversial, and I know it,” said the owner, a musician, graphic artist and now publisher. “I know exactly what I’m doing here.”

The man refused to share his true name with The Saginaw News and said his business isn’t licensed in the city, nor has his company filed “doing business as” paperwork with Saginaw County.

The magazine is “not a bad idea” because it “lets people know who’s out there,” said Saginaw County Undersheriff Robert X. Karl, whose agency supplies the pictures. Karl also declined to reveal the owner’s identity.

Devoid of ads, the most recent edition is filled with headshots of criminals organized by ZIP code. Scattered within its 12 pages are a few short articles. The owner said he got the idea from similar publications he spotted while traveling.

It’s not my brainchild,” he said.

We’re all free to request this information,” the businessman said, but people “don’t take the time to request it or look it up.”

Page 3 of Volume 2 is dedicated to _____, 30, of Swan Creek Township, sentenced in March for indecent exposure in a sex act with a car wash vacuum Oct. 16, 2008, in Thomas Township. _____, unaware his story had returned to the public eye, said the magazine doesn’t “sound like a good idea.”

The magazine debuted in July, selling 3,500 of 10,000 printed copies. Volume 2 hit news stands last week; about 5,000 have sold so far.

The first issue was kind of a shock to the system,” the owner said. “They’ve really started to take off.”

The magazine is for sale at privately owned convenience stores mostly in Saginaw, along with locations in Saginaw and Bridgeport townships and Bay City — about 30 places in all.

I’m not trying to target just the stores with bulletproof glass in them,” the publisher said, adding he intends to market through chain gas stations and 7-Eleven stores once popularity increases.

People love it,” said Kim A. Cox, 45, a manager at Fast Lane Drive-Thru, 1200 State in Saginaw, a top seller of the magazine.

Cox has received only one complaint, she said, from the aunt of a sex offender whose mugshot appeared within.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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ME - False Rape Witch Hunts Gone Wild

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By John Lucas

Since last year, we have been following another interesting false rape charge in an area of Maine which has an exorbitant amount of rape charges for its population (60,000). They are averaging 4 rape charges per month.

The shameless tactics of Mary Kellett, and Michael Povich continue in the state of Maine. It makes one wonder what they are really doing in their capacities if they feel it necessary to prosecute every false allegation this vigorously.

Here is what they’ve been up to lately. These cases should be dismissed with prejudice. Instead, they enable the behaviors of this sick woman. Her name is Ligia Filler, and she is a man’s worst nightmare. Here is a sample of evidence (see video below) that Ms. Kellett has been fighting hard to suppress.

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The state of Maine, Michael Povich, and Mary Kellett are guilty of trying to block this evidence and the Filler’s continue to run out of money to help this poor man. This must stop and stop soon.

According to victims of prosecutions in Maine’s Bar Harbor region, what is taking place is a modern day Witch Hunt. Court documents suggest that numerous men are currently facing charges of sexual misconduct in a small county of little more than 50,000 people.At the center of these prosecutions is a 44 year old Assistant District Attorney Mary N. Kellett, who has a reputation for prosecuting men on questionable evidence and questionable probable cause. As in the Salem Witch Trials, these prosecutions are often based solely on accusations with no physical or corroborating evidence.

Accusations against men in the county are widely publicized along with their pictures, identities, and details of their private lives. Members of this small community, who make up the jury pool, are presented with the notion that when a prosecutor files numerous charges of sexual abuse that there exist a solid, or at lease a reasonable, basis in evidence to justify the arrest, detention, and a public prosecution of these men.

But the evidence presented in courts very often shows that any accusation made regardless of the evidence was used to prosecute the accused men. Some local attorneys have asserted that county prosecutor Mary Kellett ignores evidence and the search for truth, but instead focuses on getting men convicted for the allegations made by women. Kellett has made statements that she does not believe women lie about rape. And even when some trials illustrate that the accuser engaged in consensual sexual activity, Kellett herself later characterizes the activities as punishment, done out of anger, and rationalizes why they were not consensual.

These beliefs are shared by the most extreme feminists who for years have asserted that all sex between men and women is rape, and that women just don’t realize that they are being raped even by their partners. In Hancock County Maine, this extreme feminist philosophy is being put to practice by the District Attorney’s office. The prosecutor treats female accusations as evidence and absolute truth. A team of sex offense responders at the DA’s office immediately embrace female’s accusations and coach them through the process. In the name of public safety, men are immediately stripped of numerous Constitutional rights and effectively forced to disprove the accusations against them in a public criminal trial.

The public’s notions that prosecutors are faithful guardians of civil rights and conservative discretion prove to be false in Hancock County. In practice, the prosecutor’s credibility is publicly re-enforced solely through wide publicity of rare convictions. The line between justifiable and unjustifiable prosecutions of men is blurred by selective media coverage.

Little if any publicity is given to the bulk of the cases involving men who were criminally charged and prosecuted with little evidence beyond accusations, sometimes made by their girlfriends, wives, troubled step children, or occasional sex partners. These men may remain in jail for months, lose everything they have, sometimes can’t see their children, and never repair their reputations or the damage done to their lives. No articles are written about how these men manage to put their lives back together, get employment after being falsely arrested and prosecuted for rape, or how vulnerable they become to future false allegations by other abusive females in their lives.

The prosecutors like Mary Kellett act with full immunity for their actions against men.

And it’s not just for alleged sex crimes for which men are systematically punished by the District Attorneys office in Hancock County. Men in the community have been criminally charged for such alleged crimes as splashing water on their wives, spitting, for “terrorism” due to offensive song lyrics, visual aggression, and for what often can be viewed as any action against a female. But at least those “crimes” don’t carry the stigma and a 30 year prison sentence which comes with each class “A” gross sexual assault charge, which is a frequent charge against men in Hancock County, and one of the easiest and most profitable for a prosecutor to undertake.

Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos, who is a psychologist and an attorney, states that “the crime of Rape has been known as the easiest criminal allegation to make by an alleged victim, and the hardest to disprove by the defendant.” And that “a series of bias laws has made it easier to obtain convictions”.

Not surprising that most of the innocent men who are exonerated by the Innocence Project through DNA evidence, sometimes after decades in prison, were falsely accused and convicted of rape. Some studies have placed the rate of false sexual assault reports at 50% or more. That rate jumps to almost 80% when accusations are made during divorce or child custody disputes with girlfriends or wives.

And yet in Maine, media coverage remain eerily silent about local false allegations and prosecutions of innocent men whose lives and reputations are destroyed as a result. The female accusers are never named and continue to live in obscurity even after their accusations prove false. Instead, the local reports graphically focus on covering the accusations against men, and at times even imply that the acquitted men have cheated justice.

One Bangor television station aired an interview with a local rape crisis center official who stated that even if a woman falsely accuses a man of rape, it is most important for law enforcement to believe the woman, act on her report, and do exactly what she wants them to do. This implies that arresting, charging, and publicly prosecuting innocent men is less harmful than for authorities to question the words and motives of a woman making the accusations. This appears to be the policy adopted in the Bar Harbor region of Maine.

Crime statistics for the region have consistently shown a low rape rate, yet not long after becoming a prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett offered her own statistic of the Bar Harbor region. Speaking to a local newspaper she stated that it could be difficult to find jurors in the area for sex cases because many people have been victims of sex offenses or have been accused of committing them.

An anonymous victim of prosecution by Mary Kellett stated: “I will never have any faith in the justice system. They aren’t interested in the truth. It’s a game for them. Some day this will go down as witch hunts.” “My family just wants to put this behind them. But it will never be over. I’m still receiving hate mail because of my support [for the accused]. [The prosecutor] used every unfair, low trick in the book to get a conviction and when a jury of 12 called him not guilty they then say ‘just because he wasn’t found guilty doesn’t mean he’s innocent’. I lock my doors and windows and turn the dogs out at night.”

One case which has received some attention is that of Vladek Filler, a husband who was accused of sexual assault by his wife during their bitter split up and custody battle. Filler, a self employed honors graduate from Babson College, decided to leave his wife after 16 years and get custody of his two sons. Child Protective Services and Court investigations granted Filler temporary custody of his children. His wife was found to be a threat and had her supervised visits with them suspended.

Prior to being arrested and charged for his wife’s accusations, Filler sought help from a local domestic violence organization which turned him away and chose to give assistance to his abusive wife instead. Filler sought a protection order from court and his wife decided to drop the “nuclear bomb” of divorce and custody battles. She accused Filler of abuse, child molestations, and spousal rape. She demanded immediate custody of their children. A video about the events appeared on YouTube (Same video as above).

Despite absence of any corroborating evidence other than his wife’s accusation, the children were taken away, and prosecutor Mary Kellett had Filler arrested, charged, and eventually convicted. What emerged after his January 2009 trial were revealing details of how prosecutions of men are conducted by prosecutor Mary Kellett and the Hancock County DA’s office.

Filler was apparently not allowed to present any evidence at all of the bitter custody battle, his wife’s troubled past, or her false claims of abuse in another custody battle with another man. nKellett, in turn told the jury “there was no evidence that the sexual assaults did not occur”, and placed the burden on Filler to prove his innocence. Kellett suggested that if forensic and physical examinations were conducted they would impede justice in this case and that statistically Filler was more likely to sexually assault his wife than a stranger. Aware that Filler was prevented from presenting evidence, Kellett repeatedly told to the jury that a child custody dispute did not even exist and therefore could not be a motive for false accusations by his wife.

When considering the disturbing details of the Filler case, one can’t help but to wonder how something like this could happen in our justice system. What is taking place in Hancock County Maine is extremism based on a myth that men are inherently bad, and are a threat to helpless and innocent women; that the State needs to punish and control men to maintain order within relationships and families. This is not much different from how Puritans viewed women accused of witchcraft in their community. The way men are being characterized in Maine has caused the public to be fearful and suspicious of men. Maine’s Attorney General Janet Mills, a former co-founder of the Maine Women’s Lobby, recently stated that her number one priority is domestic violence, and that “We need to send the message to boys and young men in Maine”. Such views from Maine’s top law enforcement official are made despite numerous credible studies suggesting that women are just as responsible, if not more, for domestic violence and child abuse.

Such gender biased rhetoric demonizes boys, men, and fathers and leads to the numerous falsely accused men to face years in prison and the perpetual skewing of domestic violence statistics.

So powerful is the myth against men, that despite difficult fiscal and economic times, the flow of funding to the domestic violence industry continues to be strong, as does the prosecution of men. The message of the rhetoric being sent to the girls in Maine is “blame the boys for everything and the State will do the rest”, so maybe the message to the boys in Maine should now be “God help you”.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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FL - Mom Of Girl Found In Landfill To Killer: 'We'll Get You'

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My heart goes out to these parents. I understand their anger and hate. I do have some comments about this though.

Why in the hell is a 7 year old child, walking one mile, to and from the bus stop, every day, alone? (See map below)
One mile..... That is a very long way for a child, even for an adult... Plus, it's a heavily populated area. I wonder if she may have got hit by a car, and someone panicked?

Have they walked the path she takes to and from the bus stop, to see if they can see something that may appear to be a skid marks, car pieces, or something? Or are they just assuming it's a sex offender who grabbed her, sexually assaulted her, and killed her?

Did they check her using a rape kit? If so, what was the outcome of that test?

If it was sexual abuse, a 7 year old would have blood in her private area, and possible DNA.


ORANGE PARK - The mother of a 7-year-old Florida girl whose body was found in a landfill made a promise on national TV Friday to the unknown killer: "We'll get you."

Diena Thompson, mother of Somer Thompson, appeared red-eyed on all three network television morning shows the day after investigators identified the body they found after sorting through tons of debris at a Georgia landfill.

"We're coming for you. We'll get you, and hopefully justice will be served," she said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Somer vanished on her one-mile walk home from school Monday in a heavily populated residential area in the Jacksonville suburb of Orange Park. Searchers combed the area before investigators, following garbage trucks that collected trash Tuesday, spotted her lifeless legs in a landfill about 50 miles away.
- So did someone dump her in the trash and the garbage trucks hauled her to the dump?  If so, did someone find out which truck dumped the trash there and then interview the truck driver and others aboard?

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An autopsy to establish the cause of death is done, but authorities Thursday would not disclose their findings. At a news conference, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler would not say if Somer had been sexually assaulted or answer other questions about the condition of the body.

Diena Thompson said she does not know any details of the investigation. She said she hopes the killer gets the death penalty.

"I hate him. I hate him," she said on the CBS "Early Show."
- Why are you assuming it's a him?  Women kill kids as well.

"Every morning when I get up, I just get up thinking it's just all a bad dream, and you come out and you see everything that everybody's brought and you know it's real," she said.

Missing child posters featuring Somer's face, with chubby cheeks and thick brown bangs, still plaster nearly every utility pole along the mile-long route from her elementary school to her home.

Investigators on Thursday searched a vacant home a couple of blocks into Somer's daily route, just past a wooded area and across the street from a playground and baseball diamonds.

"It's crazy to think something like this could happen here," said neighbor Andrew Carlson, 17, as he watched officers in protective white suits go in and out of the empty house and comb through a construction trash bin outside. Construction crews had been working on the house, which was damaged in a fire several months ago, he said.

Authorities say Somer squabbled with another child Monday and then walked ahead of the group of kids and was never seen again.

So far, the police have not made an arrest but have questioned more than 155 registered sex offenders in the area. State online records show 88 sex offenders live in Orange Park, a suburb of about 9,000 people just south of Jacksonville Naval Air Station.
- Have they questioned the parents yet?  I don't want to think they had something to do with it, but, it should be done, if not already done.

At an intersection about halfway into her walk, where Somer would have crossed the street and turned right on the road that led straight home, a purple ribbon -- which supporters and family members have been wearing -- was tied to the pole of a stop sign.

On Thursday evening, a steady flow of people -- many of them parents, clutching the hands of young children -- walked down that same road toward Somer's house to support her grieving family with a candlelight vigil.

Around a tree across the street from the girl's house, supporters had created a memorial, leaving hundreds of stuffed animals, flickering candles, signs and balloons.

Diena Thompson came out with purple ribbons tied in her hair to thank the group who sang "Amazing Grace" and "You Are My Sunshine," then recited the Lord's Prayer.

"I wish I could hug every one of you," Thompson said. "I love every one of you."

Cries of support came from the crowd of about 200: "The community is behind you!" and "We're here for you. You're in our prayers."

The sheriff said the quick discovery of Somer's body, two days after she disappeared, may have saved precious evidence that could lead to her killer.

"Had we not done this tactic, I believe that body would have been buried beneath hundreds of tons of debris, probably would have gone undiscovered forever," Beseler said.

The girl disappeared in a heavily populated residential area about a mile from a stretch of fast-food restaurants and other businesses. Investigators will presumably try to pinpoint the trash bin or garbage can where she was dumped, based on the trash around her and the truck's pickup route.

"I fear for our community until we bring this person in. This is a heinous crime that's been committed," Beseler said. "And we're going to work as hard as we can to make this community safe."

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FL - Threat sex offenders pose varies widely

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By Steve Patterson

Levels of sex offender threat not all the same

For 45 minutes Thursday, Sgt. Chuck Mulligan stayed on the phone, talking to a worried woman.

There was a sexual predator living nearby, she told the St. Johns County lawman. She wanted to make him move.

"You can't make him move. He's served his time; he's a free man," Mulligan said later. But it was hardly the first time this week he'd heard someone rail about sex offenders.

The disappearance and slaying of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Orange Park has triggered talk across Northeast Florida about protecting children, and how to balance that goal with the reality that thousands of our neighbors have been convicted of sex crimes.

"We see children who are harmed, and folks have a special feeling in their soul for children," Mulligan said. "It sets forth a passion to protect them. ...We can't let that passion get overzealous."

Authorities haven't said Somer was molested. But before her body was found Wednesday, investigators interviewed 57 sex offenders or predators who lived within 3 miles of the first-grader's home.

The simple fact that dozens of offenders lived there stunned many residents, but it really shouldn't have.

The 51,560 sex offenders registered in Florida rank it third in the country for known sex criminals, said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an information clearinghouse.

But from law enforcement to colleges, people who deal with sex offenders warn not to treat those lists as a complete inventory of the dangers facing children.

"All sex offenders are not alike. And all sex offenders do not represent the same level of risk or threat, particularly to children," said Allen, whose office sent staff to Orange Park after Somer vanished.

While he's glad there are lists and Web sites that parents can check to find sex offenders living nearby, Allen said parents need to know much more to keep their children safe.

"The problem is not so much where the offender lives as where the offender goes," he said. "Could they be volunteering at your youth organization? Could they be coming into your community, driving a bus or a truck?"

For that matter, many people on those lists committed crimes involving adults and wouldn't want to molest or injure a child, he said.

Most child molestation cases involve attackers with no prior arrest record, said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

"You can't tell much from the number of sex offenders in a particular neighborhood, in terms of relative risk," Finkelhor said.

"Most of the threat really comes from people who aren't on the list and can't be identified in terms of their locale."

The number of registered sex offenders varies greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, a Times-Union check of the areas surrounding 12 Northeast Florida elementary schools found.

An upscale Ponte Vedra Beach neighborhood, for example, had just one offender listed in a 3-mile radius. There were more than 400 in the same area around a school in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood, but that includes about 100 in the Duval jail.

Some of that is just the economics of being a convict. People with criminal records generally earn less and need housing they can afford, Finkelhor said.

At the same time, the stigma attached to sex crimes makes living in a close-knit neighborhood less appealing. That's especially true for those whom state laws designate as sexual predators, because by law notices about their past are sent to their neighbors.

Some offenders who have to attend specialized counseling can end up congregating in areas close to that treatment, said Tony H. Grubesic, a geographer at Indiana University who researches where offenders live.

Local laws in Florida complicate finding a home, said Grubesic, who has counted nearly 130 rules about where in the state offenders can live.

About half of the 200 people in one mobile home park in Pinellas County are sex offenders, who go there because they can afford it and they're allowed there, he wrote in e-mailed comments.

Some offenders wouldn't fit most people's stereotypes. Mulligan said one man on the St. Johns roll was convicted at age 18 of having sex with a 17-year-old girl. Now in his 40s, the man is married to that woman but must still report his address to the authorities at regular intervals.

The challenge is to recognize which offenders are still dangerous to the public and to spot threats that aren't on the list, Finkelhor said.

"There are some individuals who have a high likelihood to reoffend and they're dangerous," he said. But keeping lists and setting restrictions on where people live isn't a cure-all to make neighborhoods safe.

"They create a false sense of security," he said. "They make people think they're clearing out the sex offenders from their midst. They're not really doing that. There are lot of sex offenders that are just not identified."

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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MO - Sex Offender Residency Law Concerns Parents

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COLUMBIA - The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether residency restrictions are unconstitutional.

The unnamed sex offender claims the 2004 law requiring him to live more than 1000 feet from a school cannot be applied because he was convicted in 1999. A unique provision in the Missouri Constitution prohibits, "laws retrospective in operation."

The Missouri Supreme Court held in a 2008 case the state could not force a sex offender to move if she or he had lived at the same address prior to the 2004 passage of the law.

Amendments to the Missouri Constitution that would allow this law to be applied retroactively failed in 2007 and 2008.

One parent told KOMU 8 News these rulings could be the start of a disturbing trend and could impact the safety of her children.

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WV - Sex Offenders and The Law

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They mention in the video 10,000 feet, but that is not true, besides, 10,000 feet is a long distance and would probably be 100% of the state.


By Kristin Keeling

Many people think there's a strict law against sex offenders living close to schools.

We got an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from a viewer, concerned about how far sex offenders must live from schools.

But after talking with state police we've learned there's really no law that all offenders must follow.

It's a state law that every sex offender must register themselves as an offender every year.

And state troopers in Marion County say unless you're a violent offender you can live close to a school.

It's also up to the school to deal with legal situations, if a child's parent is an offender, and wants to volunteer for a school organization or committee.

If you are concerned about sex offenders in your area, visit _____. Type in your county, and red flags will pop up to represent sex offenders who live around you.

Or if you have a sex offender case that you want to report, call Cpl. Scott at 304-367-2701.

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Twins, 20, jailed for child porn manga

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So I guess next people will be placed on a animal abuse registry for having photos of Road Runner and Willey Coyote killing each other. What about all the other cartoons and shows on TV which show kids being killed, abused, etc? Like Adult Swim, etc? And what about all the people who play violent video games? Are they now going to be on serial killer registry for killing so many fictional characters? What's next? I can understand if it's a real child in sexual poses, but cartoons? Also, did they arrest the person who created the cartoons? Based on what they said, he is the producer of the so called child porn!


NEW GLASGOW — Twin brothers were sentenced in provincial court Wednesday to three months in jail for possessing child pornography.

Most of the images downloaded onto home computers by _____ and _____, 20, of New Glasgow were drawn in the Japanese style known as anime or manga.

This popular style of drawing is featured in a number of cartoons and comic books, but the kind the brothers downloaded onto their home computers was pornographic because it depicted drawings of children in sexual situations.

The brothers each pleaded guilty to the charge that was laid last November after police found an unusually high number of the drawings on their computers.

"Every one of these images involves the victimization of children," said Crown attorney Craig Botterill. "The victimization wouldn’t happen in the first place if there weren’t people there to look at this material."
- What victimization?  It's a cartoon!

_____’s lawyer, Doug Lloy, told the court his client did not know it was illegal to download pornographic images of children if they were drawn.

Mr. Lloy said the brothers are two "fairly introverted young men" who turned to computers for their social life.

He described his client as being in a "non-deviant" homosexual relationship and said he had only a secondary interest in young children.
- If they have any sexual interest in young children, they need to seek help now!

A forensic psychiatric report on _____ that was read in court indicated he had a strong sexual response to pubescent boys.

Judge Theodore Tax ordered the men to serve their jail time on weekends and specified they be housed in protective custody and not with the general jail population.

_____’s lawyer, Steve Robertson, said it would not be a good idea to put the rather shy, quiet and unsocialized men in with most of the other inmates.

"They are the most un-streetwise men, who have so little social skills," he said. Putting them in the general jail population would be like throwing them "to the wolves."

Mr. Robertson said the court must take into consideration that his client was open and honest with the court-ordered psychiatrist, admitting he knew what he did was wrong and asking for help.
- So, are they going to get the help they asked for, or just thrown in prison for awhile?

"He is not an experienced criminal trying to gild the lily," Mr. Robertson said.

Judge Tax asked that the pair be allowed to serve their time in the Antigonish jail rather than at the provincial jail in Dartmouth.

Afterward, they will be on probation for 18 months and must take a sex offender treatment program. Their names will be listed with the national sex offender registry and they will have to provide a DNA sample to police.

They are also forbidden to be anywhere near children or where children might be.

Judge Tax described the men as unsophisticated, introverted and remorseful.

"This is a crime that victimizes young people around the world," Judge Tax said. "It creates a market which then re-victimizes the most vulnerable in society."
- If these are just cartoons, and they are not actually hurting children, I do not see how it victimized fictional children.  Yes, it may be weird and deviant, but it's victimizing nobody.

"The images can only be regarded as disgusting and perverse."

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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