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John Grisham: Watching child porn doesn’t mean you are a paedophile

Published October 16, 2014 by misty534

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As best-selling novelist John Grisham prepares to publish his new legal thriller, he argues America’s prison system has run out of control

America is wrongly jailing far too many people for viewing child pornography, the best-selling legal novelist John Grisham has told The Telegraph in a wide-ranging attack on the US judicial system and the country’s sky-high prison rates.

Mr Grisham, 59, argued America’s judges had “gone crazy” over the past 30 years, locking up far too many people, from white collar criminals like the businesswoman Martha Stewart, to black teenagers on minor drugs charges and – he added – those who had viewed child porn online.

“We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” he said in an exclusive interview to promote his latest novel Gray Mountain which is published next week.

“But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”

The author of legal thrillers such as The Firm and A Time to Kill who has sold more than 275m books during his 25-year career, cited the case of a “good buddy from law school” who was caught up in a Canadian child porn sting operation a decade ago as an example of excessive sentencing.

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”

“There’s so many of them now. There’s so many ‘sex offenders’ – that’s what they’re called – that they put them in the same prison. Like they’re a bunch of perverts, or something; thousands of ’em. We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration,” he added in his loft-office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Asked about the argument that viewing child pornography fuelled the industry of abuse needed to create the pictures, Mr Grisham said that current sentencing policies failed to draw a distinction between real-world abusers and those who downloaded content, accidentally or otherwise.

“I have no sympathy for real paedophiles,” he said, “God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting,” adding sentencing disparities between blacks and whites was likely to be the subject of his next book.

There are currently some 2.2m people in jail in the US – or more than 750 per 100,000 population – which makes the US by far the heaviest user of prison sentences in the world. By contrast, Britain imprisons just 154 per 100,000 population.

However Mr Grisham’s remarks are likely to anger child-rights campaigners that over the past decade have successfully lobbied the US Congress to demand tougher sentences for those who access child pornography online.

Since 2004 average sentences for those who possess – but do not produce – child pornography have nearly doubled in the US, from 54 months in 2004 to 95 months in 2010, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

However the issue of sex-offender sentencing has sparked some debate in the US legal community after it emerged that in some cases those who viewed child porn online were at risk of receiving harsher sentences than those who committed physical acts against children.

A provocative article in the libertarian magazine Reason headlined “Looking v Touching” argued last February that something was “seriously wrong with a justice system in which people who look at images of child rape can be punished more severely than people who rape children”.

And in January this year the US Supreme Court was unable to resolve a debate over whether a man who viewed images of a child rape should be as liable to pay the same financial compensation to the victim as the original perpetrator of the crime.

Mr Grisham, who earned $17m (£10.7) from his work last year, is still one of America’s highest paid novelists and is a self-declared Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in her failed 2008 bid to win the White House.

He has waded into political issues in the past, writing newspaper columns against the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, the death penalty as well as serving on the board of the Innocence Project, a campaign group that uses DNA analysis to end miscarriages of justice.

In the interview to promote Gray Mountain, a fast-paced thriller in which a young lawyer takes on ‘Big Coal’ as it destroys the rural landscape of Virginia, Mr Grisham spoke freely on a range of subjects from politics to publishing.

Among the highlights were his contention that Barack Obama had presided over “amateur hour” at the White House during his six years as president, and that Amazon.com was seeking to establish an effective online monopoly that could ultimately destroy the paperback books business.

Telegraph

Rabbitte meets internet chiefs in bid to halt child-porn access

Published August 11, 2013 by misty534

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COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has summoned the country’s biggest internet providers to hammer out ways of preventing access to child-abuse material – including child pornography – online.

 

The hastily convened meeting, which occurred last week, was attended by the three largest internet service providers – Eircom, UPC and Vodafone.

Mr Rabbitte told the internet providers in the meeting that he may seek an intergovernmental taskforce – which would also involve the Department of Justice – to look at ways of dealing with illegal activity online.

He has said that further meetings with the internet providers will need to take place in coming weeks and months.

Mr Rabbitte’s fresh intervention comes as Irishman Eric Eoin Marques, who is wanted for extradition to the US on charges of facilitating, distributing and advertising child pornography, remains in garda custody.

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The FBI has accused Mr Marques of being “the largest facilitator of child pornography on the planet”, a charge that Mr Marques’s father has strenuously denied.

If convicted, Mr Marques faces up to 30 years in jail.

While the Government is constrained by EU law in imposing mandatory filters for legal adult pornography services, it may have greater legal power to seek tighter filters for illegal content such as child-abuse material.

Under the EU’s new anti-child exploitation directive, which must be signed into Irish law by the end of the year, EU member states “may take measures to block access to web pages containing or disseminating child pornography towards the internet users within their territory”.

At least three Irish internet providers say that they are already compliant with most of the measures outlined in the anti-child exploitation directive.

Senior internet provider executives say that they would not object to filters blocking child-abuse material provided that they are regulated by a publicly accountable body under law.

Mr Rabbitte has previously stated that he would not seek the mandatory imposition of blocking filters for legal services, including adult pornography, on Irish home broadband connections.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is currently trying to force UK internet providers to block adult pornography, a move that is being resisted by telecoms companies there.

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However, Mr Rabbitte told Irish internet providers that he was interested in exploring alternative ways of dealing with home access to online adult pornography.

It is expected that the Irish internet providers will meet Mr Rabbitte again in coming weeks to further discussions on the topics raised.

The Department of Justice is expected to join the discussions at a future date.

Irish Independent

Adult porn drawing users towards illegal images of abuse

Published May 28, 2013 by misty534

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CEOP say between 50,000 and 60,000 people in the UK regularly access illegal images of child sex abuse

Mostly as TV journalists we report sudden, headline-grabbing change. Seeping, gradual change is often less dramatic and sometimes even difficult to spot.

But that doesn’t make it just as momentous when we do spot it and realise something significant is happening. The figures obtained by ITV News from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are proof of just such change. They are evidence of the horrifying extent of child abuse images now being uploaded and swapped online.

Read: Number of child sex abuse images online ‘up by 40%’

Talking to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) we have also discovered that thousands of people in this country are regularly looking at this indecent material. More people than the police can realistically arrest

The link between contact abuse and online abuse is fiercely debated. Some say as many as half of those who access the material online may go on to abuse – others estimate it may be one in 8. But few would argue there isn’t a link.

Stuart Hazel, who murdered Tia Sharpe, is just the latest criminal known to have hurt a child after seeking out abuse images online.

Read: Stuart Hazell jailed for life for murder of schoolgirl Tia Sharp

But what all the experts I spoke to during this ITV News investigation do agree is that the vast quantities of adult porn now being consumed are drawing more and more viewers into the vortex of illegal underage material.

At CEOP’s London headquarters they are developing software to help them identify and arrest those most likely to pose a threat to children.

I was able to watch the officers as they analysed the data on their screens. They explained to me that the red dots I can see on their computer maps represent more than 100 computers where peadophiles are “looking at child abuse material at this very moment”.

CEOP officers also have software to help them identify and locate the abused children in the pictures and videos. They rescue several children a month from perpetrators in the UK who are abusing them and photographing them for online distribution.

Perpetrators often like to think this material is a bit unreal. But there is nothing unreal about online abuse images. I can assure you. They are the evidence of real abuse taking place right now. Abuse we have to stop.

These IWF figures reveal momentous change. It may have happened gradually, but the amount of child abuse images now available online represents change of a horrifying nature.

More: Rise in web child abuse images

 

ITV news

 

CHILD PORN PERVERT SPARED JAIL BY CARLISLE COURT

Published May 26, 2013 by misty534

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A judge has told a pervert who viewed indecent images of children to consider the trauma inflicted on them.

Recorder Eric Lamb spoke out after sentencing a man for 20 counts of making indecent photos of children.

John Rae, 29, of Queen Street, Workington, avoided jail after pleading guilty to all 20 counts.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 12 of the charges were classed as level one, the least serious category, six at level three, and two at level four. Level five is the most serious.

The court heard Rae had been “introduced to the concept” rather than actively seeking the images out.

Recorder Lamb, in sentencing Rae, told him: “Behind every real image of an abused child is a child who was actually abused for the creation of that image.

“And those who view such images need to think of the trauma to that child that took place to create that image for you to view.”

He added that the number of images was “relatively small in the scale of things” and gave Rae credit for his early guilty plea.

Rae was handed a three-year community order with a supervision requirement.

He was ordered to enter a sex offenders’ programme and sign the sexual offenders’ register for five years.

He was also given a five- year sexual offences prevention order banning him for using any device capable of accessing the internet unless it is fitted with a recording device.

And he was ordered to pay costs of £500 and a surcharge of £60.

 

By David Hemming

Child porn suspect believed to be on the run in Brighton

Published May 26, 2013 by misty534

 

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A man suspected of having a horde of child porn is believed to be on the run in Brighton.

Sussex Police issued an appeal for help finding Raymond Whittock, 60, after he failed to answer police bail.

Whittock was arrested by Lancashire Police in August last year and was due to answer bail on Wednesday 10 April but failed to show.

Officers said that they believed he was in the Brighton area and appealed for anyone who sees him or who knows his whereabouts to call police on 08451 253545.

Whittock is described as being about 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with receding and greying dark brown hair and brown eyes. He often has a moustache and wears glasses.

Detective Constable Phil Palmer from Blackpool Police said: “We urgently need to speak with Raymond Whittock in connection with indecent images of children and would appeal to anybody that thinks they have seen him or knows where he could be to contact us.”

Anyone with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

Brighton & Hove news

Using child for porn gets man 260 years!!!

Published May 21, 2013 by misty534

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WICHITA – A Marquette man was sentenced Monday to 260 years in federal prison for using a 9-year-old child to produce child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Philip Andra Grigsby, 50, had pleaded guilty as charged in November to eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

“I want this sentence to send a message,” Grissom stated in a release. “The fight against childsexual exploitation and abuse is a top priority for our office.”

Grigsby initially was charged in July 2012 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint stated the investigation began in Australia earlier that year when an Australian man was arrested by police in that country. Evidence in that case showed the man had received child pornography over the Internet from other men, including Grigsby in Kansas.

Investigators found email messages sent by Grigsby to the Australian, including attachments with images of child pornography. The name of a middle school was visible on a certificate in one of the photos, which helped investigators identify the location and identity of the victim. Investigators obtained other evidence when they served search warrants at Grigsby’s home.

Forensic analysis of the digital media revealed more than 400 still photos and five movies showing the sexual exploitation of the minor victim, as well as other images of child pornography and evidence the defendant used a Web cam to broadcast the abuse to other offenders.

Man found with child porn jailed for 3 years

Published May 18, 2013 by misty534

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A man has been sentenced to three years in prison for the downloading of about 8,000 child pornography files and images.

Evan Harries, aged 44, of 5 Hantoon Rd, Maudlintown, Wexford town, having already pleaded guilty, came before Judge Barry Hickson at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. 

Harries pleaded guilty to the possession and production of child pornography in or around Nov 2011, at his home. 

Det Garda Mary McCormack told the court of a number of addresses traced ultimately leading to the defendant’s address. Having carried out a search of the house in or around Nov 14, 2011, after gathering intelligence regarding network usage, documents relating to children performing sexual acts were located, while a number of printed images were also found. 

A hard drive from a computer and also from a laptop were also discovered which were seized and examined. A number of images and text documentation were located on the disks. 

Det Garda McCormack said the defendant was arrested on Nov 22, 2011, and brought to Wexford Garda Station where he made full admissions. 

Det Garda Cathal Delaney told the court that there were about 3,000 images on the laptop of a child pornography nature, which included children as young as three years of age involved in sexual activity, while there were 101 text files of a child pornography nature. Approximately 4,500 images were found on a hard drive, while text material came to 88 copies. 

Det Garda Delaney said the matter came to light through pro-active monitoring of the internet. 

Michael Delaney, defending, described Harries as having serious emotional disorder problems. 

He said the defendant who has been in custody since Nov 22, 2011, of his own volition as he was aware of the outcome of such offences, is originally from Wales and came from a difficult background. 

He also indicated that nobody else in the house was involved for he made it clear he was entirely responsible for the pornographic material. He co-operated fully with the gardaí and pleaded guilty immediately. 

Describing it as a despicable and most serious offence, Judge Hickson sentenced the defendant to two years on each of two counts of production to run concurrently. He also sentenced the defendant four years in prison on each of five counts of possession, to run concurrently, suspending the last year on each of the five counts.

The sentence was backdated to Nov 22, 2011, while on completion of his sentence, the judge said Harries would leave the jurisdiction and not re-enter the country for a period of 25 years.

 

By Brendan Furlong

Middlesbrough porn addict ‘desensitised’ to extreme images, court told

Published April 16, 2013 by misty534

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A WAREHOUSEMAN became desensitised to extreme pornography and child abuse pictures after spending hours a night looking at it.

John Blanchard, 41, was said to have become “hooked” on the filth as he trawled the internet looking for increasingly depraved images.

Among the vile photographs and short films found on Blanchard’s computer were naked children as young as eight, a court heard today (Monday, April 15).

There were also dozens of examples of adults having sex with animals – which is classed as extreme pornography by the authorities.

 Blanchard was spared prison when he appeared at TeessideCrown Court after a judge heard he had never before been in trouble.

Judge Peter Armstrong described the pervert as living an “isolated” life and someone who used the internet for “entertainment”.

Blanchard was given a six-month suspended jail sentence with supervision and was ordered to go on a sex offender treatment course.

He was ordered to pay £450 costs, will have to sign on the sex offenders’ register, and he was also banned from working with children.

Judge Armstrong said: “Fortunately you didn’t distribute the child images, otherwise you would have to go to prison straight away.

“The image I have of you is that you were an isolated person, using the internet for entertainment, and then, out of curiosity, coming across these images and then getting hooked on watching them for hours at a time.”

Dan Cordey, mitigating, said Blanchard progressed from looking at adult pornography to more serious images, usually in the early hours.

“He would look at them out of curiosity and he stumbled across pictures and videos of children who were clearly underage.

“He would say he began to look for pornography and got to the stage where, he now accepts, he became desensitised,” said Mr Cordey.

“Sometimes it would be three- or four-hour sessions looking at pornography and he got to the stage where he was unable to differentiate between what was acceptable and what was not.”

Blanchard, of Sycamore Crescent, Middlesbrough, admitted making an possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography and prohibited images.

At an earlier magistrates court hearing, Blanchard, who worked for a big DIY chain, was described as being addicted to pornography.

Police searched the home he shared with his parents after receiving information that a computer there was accessing illegal websites.

 
 
Northern Echo

U.S. police arrest ‘world’s number one distributor of child pornography’… as he was sitting at his desk watching it !!

Published April 5, 2013 by misty534
  • John Shearen, 51, was arrested by authorities at his home in Leesburg, Florida in possession of up to 1,000,000 video and images of child pornography
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it appeared he had downloaded the most child pornography in the state of Florida in history
  • ‘He is the No. 1 person that can distribute child pornography throughout the world,’ said the FDLE. ‘And he’s been doing it.’

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A man described by police as the number one distributor of child pornography worldwide has been arrested at his gated lakeside home in Florida –  sat at his basement computer downloading videos.

John Shearen was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on his 51st birthday in possession of up to 1 million images and videos.

Authorities said that Shearen was actively transferring the images and video to DVDs and in addition to the pornography also found children’s underwear which he informed agents he wears.

FDLE agents said that Shearen was only identified last month while they were monitoring child pornography websites and when they entered his home he was sat at his computer procuring more images.

‘We were able to seize anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million images and videos. They were stored on several computers and external hard drives to actually being transferred from the computers to separate DVDs, and he has a DVD collection of child pornography,’ said Special Agent Jeff Duncan to WFTV.com.

‘So, we have a lot of work to do. Those initial cases will be charged today.’

‘One of our concerns is we located several items, outerwear of juvenile girls, including bathing suits, in the residence,’ said Duncan.

‘Our concern is, number one, making sure we don’t have any child victims in this area.’

So far he has been charged with 20 counts each of distribution and possession of child pornography, but authorities said that they fully expect that count to rise as the investigation continues.

They compared the two dozen counts the reported Navy employee is charged with to the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

‘He is the No. 1 person that can distribute child pornography throughout the world,’ said Duncan. ‘And he’s been doing it.’

Investigators said that Shearen had downloaded images of children aged between six-years to 12-years old.

One of Shearen’s neighbors said that while he knew him, he never entered his house.

‘He never let anyone in his house,’ said Robby Pinder. 

‘I liked him as a human being. He seemed like he was alright, but you don’t know somebody until you get to know them.’

Other residents said that they were relieved that Shearen had been caught.

‘Actually, I’m relieved,’ said Christina Rodriguez, who lives in the complex. ‘I have a four year old and he likes to run around and play around, and just the thought of a guy being that dangerous.’

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FDLE Special Agent Jeff Duncan described Shearan as ‘The No. 1 person that can distribute child pornography throughout the world.’

 
 
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304233/Police-arrest-worlds-number-distributor-child-pornography-sat-basement-desk-watching-it.html#ixzz2PZmd9MIr 

Would-be nudist sentenced for child porn

Published March 28, 2013 by misty534

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A would-be nudist with a pornography problem downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children from a cookery website, a court heard.

 

Shaun Brown, 44, said he found the images by accident while searching for pornography featuring women aged between 18 and 30.

Police searched his home after officers found that his family computer had been used to visit buildarecipe.co.uk.

The website had been hacked and filled with child pornography, Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was told today (Thursday).

James Weeks, prosecuting, said police seized Brown’s computer and found 601 images graded at level one and one more serious image graded at level three.

Brown was interviewed by police and said he found the indecent images accidentally while searching for adult pornography.

He said he would close any images of children when they appeared. He was then questioned about nudist images he had downloaded.

Mr Weeks said: “He said he was interested in the nudist lifestyle but was too embarrassed to practice it.

“Of the 601 level one images, 263 images were not from recognised nudist websites.”

Brown, of Jill Lane, Mirfield, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of making indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.

Zahid Majeed, mitigating, said: “It is quite clear that Mr Brown’s actions have a repercussion on his personal circumstances.

“The job has been lost. You will appreciate the element of trust and disappointment in the family and all of that bears upon the mind of Mr Brown.”

District Judge Michael Hopkinson sentenced Brown to a three-year supervised community order with a 60-day activity requirement.

He said: “I understand that you access the images purely in your own home. You did not distribute them to any other person and did no networking with any other person.

“It was purely for your own personal gratification as part of a problem you have with pornography.”

Brown must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years, pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. His computer has been forfeited.

 

by Mirfield Reporter