Recently, we've been reporting on a blockbuster child pornography possession/distribution/production case that's roped in 71 defendants throughout the New York City area.
These defendants include police officers, a rabbi, a Boy Scout leader, medical advisors and other trusted citizens. The moral of that story was: just because you have a trusted station in society does NOT mean you're necessarily to be trusted.
To wit, members of the Federal Government also can and do commit child pornography crimes. In 2012, for instance, an agent for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pled guilty to accessing pornography from a website, where he logged in as an employee. Per the Office of the Inspector General, between October of last year and March 2014, 16 different employee integrity cases made the docket.
Alisha Johnson, a spokeswoman for the agency, said: "EPA has employed a number of controls to prevent employee access to inappropriate content from its network and is constantly working to upgrade and improve those controls."
Meanwhile, other high profile child pornography cases have been in the news.
Up in Canada, a victim of a sex crime wants his daughter’s story to remain on the public record. Why? Because he wants to send a message. His daughter died in 2013. The father -- who has not been identified, as a result of a national ban in Canada -- poignantly explained his position: “you have just taken something very public with my daughter and hidden it in a closet. I don’t want this in a closet. I want this out in public for all to see."
He thinks that a local judge’s ruling to keep the identities of pornography victim secret will cause more harm than good. He says “I think the ban would have a very negative impact. A lot of what has happened in the case has happened because it has been very public.”
His intuition makes a lot of sense. Pornography cases cannot easily be put back in the box. To borrow another metaphor, you can’t “unring a bell.” This is true not just for the victims of crimes but also for defendants accused (sometimes falsely).
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