• HndsmKansan

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    Nov 15, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    At a recent Board meeting for an organization in which I serve, I became aware of an issue involving a non Board member and some legal issues that member had with pornography.

    Let me say the whole porn thing is a little bit of an enigma to me. I've been in a X Rated video (adult) store once in my life and probably have one X rated gay
    tape somewhere at home (given to me by my bf).

    I certainly have respect for this member and when we discussed it in person, I was shocked... not because he had porno on his computer (many gay men do), but because he was prosecuted (and went to prison for 2 years) as a result. Apparently some small percentage of images (unknown to him at the time) were underage boys. He was caught when a repair company discovered these images when he had sent his computer in for repair. That was in 2001.

    This man was a respected teacher. Today he can't even get a job of any kind. He explained that he had a "zealot" prosecuter. Does this happen in other states or is (was) Kansas unusual?
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    Nov 15, 2007 4:42 PM GMT
    I am sure it would happen anywhere when there are pics of minors.

    Evidently, no "right to privacy" existed here. I mean what was the repair person doing looking thru his files. Just cuz you have an electrician come to do repair work in your house doesnt mean he has the right to go through your stuff, does it?
  • Laurence

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    Nov 15, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    This happens a lot. When someone sends their computers to be repaired, it's usual for the repair guys to have a root around whilst looking for the problem.

    Downloading under-age porn onto your computer is a permanent thing and will be spotted by experts if they have access to your computer.

    These paedophiles are a stupid bunch and it's their belief in their own invunerability that generally leads them to prosecution.

  • GQjock

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    Nov 15, 2007 10:59 PM GMT
    You have to be Very careful
    and this doesn't take into account whether what happened to this man is entrapment or what
    ... I know a man who had sex with a then unbeknownst to him seventeen year old
    and the judge threw the book at him and sent him to prison for ten years
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    Nov 16, 2007 4:47 AM GMT
    In California you can become a registered sex offender for pissing in an alley.

    When you're caught urinating in public, whether they actually see your dick or not, they charge you with indecent exposure. When you're charged with indecent exposure the courts don't distinguish between pissing in public and flashing kids on a playground. It's considered a sex crime. So you can find yourself on a registered sex offender list that all your neighbors can see, and the list doesn't even explain what the crime was.

    Bottom line - be careful out there.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 16, 2007 1:20 PM GMT
    Thats amazing Ripjock. I think something like that in Kansas is a misdemeanor, but I've never heard of anyone being fined or prosecuted. Never thought of it as a sex crime. Just offensive.
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    Nov 18, 2007 3:39 AM GMT
    In Az the punishment for child porn on a computer is worse than actually molesting a child..? Go figure
    I think the sick bastards should be castrated!
    As for urinating in public, same law here in Scottsdale. You must register as a sex offender but it is not the same class as rape, molestation etc..
    But still not a good thing to have over your head..