originally posted 12/3/2010
My young son (at age 19) did not manufacture material, did not assault any child, and did not personally share any material he downloaded other than the built in sharing of the Limewire program. Our State Attorney General is cracking down heavily on child pornography. There was some in the material Joe downloaded. There were also teens who, while technically child porn, were within 1-3 years of his age which I would consider natural (although I don’t condone the porn). His public defender got them to drop the intent to distribute charge and the final charge doesn’t specifically state child pornography (possession of lewd material of a pornographic nature), but he now has 5 years of probation and 25 years on the sex offender registry.
We also discovered that in our state, the registry time does not begin until the accused is no longer in jail or on parole or probation. Which means my son is actually on the registry for 30 years, a fact they don’t tell you until it is all said and done. He attempted to go to college but the legal requirements made it impossible to attend the school (no contact with anyone under 18) so he had to attend at school learning center at the local library with no teachers or lectures/labs. With the stress of the pending legal action, Joe was unable to maintain his GPA and was placed on academic probation and lost his financial aid. Now, with the felony record and registry, he is finding it extremely difficult to find employment and is unable to pay his legal fees. Long story short, he was a child himself that made a very bad mistake and now will pay for it for the better part of his life. He is also finding it very difficult to be a productive member of society. Society is trying to make him a member of the unemployed and outcast instead of trying to help him overcome a MISTAKE and become a productive citizen. Oh yeah, just barely even a citizen since felons can’t vote!
It is very hard, my son is serving his sentence for the same thing. �We need to fight for our children. �Things we did as kids are now a criminal offense that stays with you the rest of your life. My son just turned 20 when 20 cops almost busted down the door. �I just
sent a letter to the president and state legislators. �They probably
won’t read it but I need to do things to stop this witch hunt. �I wish you the best but the best thing to do is get involved in fighting the injustice.