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Thursday, February 6, 2014

16 Year Old Virginia Girl Posts Nude Photos of Herself on Twitter and Emails them to Male Acquaintances. She has Been Charged in James City County with Production and Distribution of Child Porn and Those Who Received the Unsolicited Photos May Face Possession of Child Pornography Charges. Why?

 
There was a bill at the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session (still going on) to fix the issues with Teen Sexting images being treated the same a Child Pornography. HB1260 

No surprise. A bill I supported, that would have a fixed a long time issue was killed as quickly as possible by the House Criminal Sub-Committee, history tends to repeat itself in House Room C. 

A week ago, in Charles City County a 16 Year old Virginia female posted nude photos of herself on Twitter and emailed the images to male acquaintances.  

Per the below two article she has been charged with Production and Distribution of Child Pornography. As a juvenile if she is found guilty of this felony she will NOT be forced to register as a Sex Offender IF she follows all court-order requirements of probation. 

The issue of the males she sent those unsolicited images to is still undetermined. Will they be charged with receiving the images that by law constitute Child Pornography? Are they also juveniles or did they recently turn 18 years old? IF they did then they will be required to register as Sex Offenders, for life. 

A 16 year old female took photos of herself under no threat, suggestion or financial requirement. She then sent those images out into the universe to unsuspecting young men who may face criminal charges, public humiliation and maybe the public stigma of Sexual Deviant. 

Why? 

Because Virginia’s Legislature refuses to separate real child pornography and the criminal penalties that come with such vial abuse of children and the actions of teenagers who have Internet access, telephones with cameras and typical hormones and feelings of being accepted by ones peers. 

The two situations have nothing to do with each other but under our laws they are one in the same. 

The “tabling” of HB1260 on January 29 is shameful. Elected Virginia official took NO vote, submitted NO substitutes or even ONE amendment. Just the same old denial and stubbornness that has been allowed for far too long.  

Virginia is failing our teens and young adults. It could have been fixed during this session and you chose not to take any steps forward, instead the majority of the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub--Committee hunkered-down in their insistence that Virginia doesn’t need to look at Teen Sexting being a felony.

If any readers Delegate is on the Criminal Sub-Committee and you can not believe they didn’t even attempt to draft an acceptable bill but instead just shot it down I suggest you contact their Richmond office this week. 

Mary
 
Virginia Teen Girl Accused Of Posting Nude Selfies, Arrested For Child Porn by David Lohr

A 16-year-old Virginia girl is facing child pornography charges, after police say she posted photos of herself naked on Twitter. 

Authorities received an anonymous tip describing the photos, which were posted to Twitter around Jan. 30. The girl, a student in James City County, admitted to posting "multiple" lewd photos of herself to the social networking website last week, according to police. 
 

Jonathon Montgomery - Wrongfully Convicted: An Innocent Man Speaks Out

 
Wrongfully Convicted: An Innocent Man Speaks Out
February 4, 2014

PANAMA CITY - A new report out this week from NBC estimates 2,000 people have been sent to prison over the past twenty years, for crimes they didn't commit.  

That's exactly what happened to a local man, who served four years before finally being freed, and able to come home to Panama City. 

Johnathon Montgomery finds simple joy in taking a walk his mom, Mishia. His quiet life was taken away in an instant back in 2007. 

"I was working a double at Flapjacks" says Montgomery, as he remembers the day everything changed. "I came home to my mom's house, we were living on Missouri Avenue at that point, and I got a knock on the door. Lynn Haven police arrested me, said they had a warrant out for my arrest." 

The police told him he was wanted for a crime in Virginia, which took Montgomery by surprise. 

"I didn't know what was going on." says Montgomery. "Virginia? I hadn't lived in Virginia for years!" 

Montgomery was arrested for rape. He thought it must be a mix up, or a case of mistaken identity. He went to Virginia to clear his name. "That's when it all fell apart," he says. 

What happened next sent Montgomery's world spiraling into a legal web of lies.  

His accuser, 17 year old Elizabeth Coast, told police she was raped when she was 10 years old, by her 14 year old neighbor, Johnathon Montgomery.  

"The only evidence they had against me was her word against mine," says Montgomery. "Throughout the whole thing I'm screaming at the top of my lungs, I didn't do it, I didn't do it! And they're telling the judge, you did do it, we're going to prove you did." 

Montgomery was found guilty of rape, and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.  

When Montgomery was asked if police ever asked for DNA, he replies, "Never. There was no DNA to ask for. It was word against word." 

Words can be powerful in a court of law.  

Countless appeals couldn't get Montgomery's sentence overturned.  

Montgomery says, " I came to the realization I was going to have to live with this for the rest of my life, even though I did nothing." 

After Montgomery spent four and a half years behind bars, there was a dramatic turn of events. His accuser, Elizabeth Coast, stepped forward, saying she made the whole story up.  
 

Jason Morrison: Give us blokes the benefit of the doubt. You're a suspect when you're really no harm at all.

 
Editorial: Give us blokes the benefit of the doubt

By: Jason Morrison   January 27, 2014


THERE are always plenty of articles urging a better deal and a better understanding of women. Perhaps it's overdue to flip it around for a moment: it's time for a better understanding of men. The overwhelming majority of blokes are decent, respectful, peaceful and certainly not perverts.

It would be nice if we were extended the benefit of the doubt.

When we show kindness, we are not just after something and when we're around children, we should not automatically be the subject of suspicion. If you're wondering where this is coming from, the answer is personal experience and a growing mentality that says "man equals predator". And it's wrong.

On Saturday, I was at my local RSL for a family dinner. The place is a favourite because of the large children's playground next to the bistro. I took my little boy to have a go on the slide while we waited for dinner. Charlie had a great time, laughing and playing with the other kids. I was inside the fence that surrounded the play equipment keeping watch.

If you're wondering where this is coming from, the answer is personal experience and a growing mentality that says "man equals predator".

But that was apparently my crime. I hadn't noticed at the time but a group of women had become suspicious of my presence. One of them, quite assertively, walked over. "Are you here with one of the children?" she asked. The look on her face suggested this was not small talk.

I was lost for words and nervously laughed, pointing at my 22-month-old. That wasn't enough. She needed proof. Demandingly she asked, "Which one?”

In the shock of it all, I can't remember how I responded other than walking over and grabbing my son to convince her. Thankfully he responded.

I could feel the embarrassment building and so could she as she insisted, "I was just checking 'cos it just seemed strange".

What's strange about a father in a playground watching his son? Why was I different to anyone else? It was simple really. I was the only man.

They thought I was some kind of creep checking out the children. Do you have any idea how dirty that makes a man feel?

This is just a snapshot of a kind of paranoia many blokes experience in different ways. You're a suspect when you're really no harm at all. Men are no longer the protectors. To some we have all become "potential perpetrators''.