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Two Imprisoned For Child Porn Face More Time

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Seagoville, Texas Federal Facility

Two inmates in Seagoville’s federal facility are accused of having drawings of girls engaging in sex acts.  Such depictions were outlawed in 2003.

Two men already in the Seagoville federal prison for child pornography convictions have been slapped with new charges of possession of obscene material for having drawings and writings showing children being sexually abused.

Experts say that such offenders are using pencil and paper to fulfill their urges while behind bars, where the inmates pass the amateur comic books among themselves and sell them.

Seagoville inmates Danny Borgos, 27, and John R. Farrar, 56, are accused of having several drawings of girls depicted as being as young as 6.

A 2003 federal obscenity law makes it illegal to possess child pornography drawings, and a federal appeals court in 2008 upheld the nation’s first conviction under that law.

For a child pornography charge, the children have to be real.  But drawings, paintings, writings, sculptures and other depictions of children being sexually abused fall under the obscenity law, known as the Protect Act, if they are shown to lack serious scientific, literary, artistic or political value.

But some question whether the law goes too far.

James Cantor, Ph.D, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and an international expert on pedophilia, said child pornography laws are intended to protect actual people.

“When talking about a drawing, who’s the victim?” he asked.  “We feel these are icky.  But icky is not a real reason to pass a law.”

Drawings circulated

Borgos was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in Dallas last month for having the comic book.  That was more time than he got for having actual child pornography.

He was serving a five-year sentence for a 2013 conviction out of New York for possessing and distributing child pornography.  In that case, Borgos discussed online his “desire to rape prepubescent children and the excitement he derives from the children’s pain,” court records show.

That prior case boosted the statutory minimum sentence for the new conviction.

A prison guard was about to search a cell in October 2014 when he saw Borgos and another inmate sitting at a table in front of the cell, according to court records.

Borgos had a 37-page comic book that said “Kidskin COMIXXX” on the cover.  The title was “Three Daughters Pt. 1.”  The comic book featured drawings of three girls, ages 6, 9 and 11, who are engaged in sexually explicit conduct, with captions that tell a lurid story.

Borgos told prison authorities the book was his and that another inmate made the drawings for him and offered to draw more.

More recently, on May 5, Farrar was found at the Seagoville prison with at least six drawings, some titled “Family Night” and “Extra Credit,” which showed young girls being sexually abused, according to federal court records.  He was indicted on Nov. 4.

Federal authorities also seized two books of writings about the sexual abuse of minors from Farrar.  One of them was hidden inside the cover of a paperback book, court records show.

Farrar, a Massachusetts downtown revitalization consultant, was convicted in that state in 2007 of possessing and transporting child pornography and sentenced to 10 years in prison.  In that case, Farrar told an undercover FBI agent online that “I love them all, infant to 13,” court records show.

It’s unclear whether similar comics, drawings and writings are being distributed among other inmates in the Seagoville prison.  The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on the cases, “due to this matter currently being in litigation.”

Local attorneys say they can’t remember the last time someone in North Texas was prosecuted under the 2003 federal obscenity law for having child pornography drawings.

But Amy Phenix, Ph.D., a forensic psychologist in California who provides expert court opinions on sex offender evaluation, said such material is not unusual in a prison setting.

“They want something to arouse themselves,” Phenix said.
Lyn Williams, training director for the Austin-based Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, said such material would be a “valuable commodity in prison.”  For some, it’s like getting a joint or heroin, he said.

“It’s reinforcing their behavior,” he said about the comics.  “That’s not going to help when they get out.”

But Cantor said government shouldn’t pass a law based on an “emotional gut reaction.”

“Good public policy comes from minimizing and eliminating harm,” Cantor said.

Legal precedent

The question of the legality of child sex comics has been settled in federal court, where First Amendment arguments have consistently failed.

In 2005, Dwight Whorley of Virginia became the first person convicted under the 2003 obscenity law.  A federal appeals court upheld the conviction in 2008.

Whorley used a state computer to download Japanese anime cartoons showing young girls having sex with men.  Whorley, who spent time in jail for previous child pornography charges, got 20 years in prison.

In another noted case, an Iowa comic book collector, Christopher Handley, was arrested after Japanese manga comic books showing children being sexually abused were mailed to him.

Handley was convicted in 2010 under the federal obscenity law after unsuccessfully challenging it during his trial.  He did not have a criminal record and was given six months in prison.  It was the first time someone was sent to prison for owning comic books, according to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

His attorney argued that there was no evidence the drawings represented any actual people and that they were “purely a product of the artist’s imagination,” court records show.

Handley’s attorney said that fictional characters in cartoons have no age.  He said the indictment violated the First and Fifth Amendments.

But U.S. District Judge James E. Gritzner said in his ruling that Handley was confusing child pornography laws with obscenity laws. Child pornography offenses require the depiction of an actual minor while obscenity offenses do not, he said.

“Obscene materials are afforded no protection under the First Amendment,” Gritzner said in his ruling.

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Good afternoon, I wanted to prepare you for my next post, which I would not have taken seriously a year ago, but as things stand now Our Circle must be vigilant.

I want to urge everyone of you to please focus on every post and article that deals with Child Maltreatment in any form from this point on.  The media will sugar-coat out-and-out LIES, and unless you are totally focused on what is being conveyed, they will cloak the real dirt to the point that a major percentage of the readers will miss what is most important.

“Normal” human beings do not cross certain lines, and I am talking about people who have committed crimes also.  There are only a select few that are truly “DARK”, and I mean individuals that like to inflict pain and suffering.

Do NOT be mislead, people who are sympathetic to Child Predators, and especially Child Predators themselves would have you believe that it was a one time thing if they are caught.

A sex offender will molest an average of 120 victims.

Psychologists would have you believe that they, through their work, have been helping keep kids safe for years by treating sex offenders.

To this I would have to ask if they just treated “these poor SUB-HUMANS” that just finished with their 120th CHILD VICTIM.

There are 3,000,000 reports of Child Maltreatment every year, yet far less than 25% of the incidents are ever reported.  This translates to over 12,000,000 incidents of Child Maltreatment per year.

This year alone, 10,000,000 Children, ages 13 and up, will contract at least one or more STI or STD.  This number is not included in those 3,000,000 reports.

I have yet to locate a compiled list for the number of Children, ages Birth to 12, that will contract an STI or STD.

This year alone there will be at least 2,000,000 runaways.  At least 1 in 6 runaways will fall into Child Sex Traffickers hands.  This translates into 333,340 Children that will fall into Child Sex Traffickers hands, AND BE RAPED.

The average victims age is 11 to 14, and the average life span of a victim is 3 to 7 years.

Incidentally, the 333,340 Children are not included in the initial 3,000,000 reports of Child Maltreatment.

So I want you to think about how many of these Children are being protected by a Psychologist, and I believe you are like me in one respect, and that is I DO NOT WANT ANY CHILD PREDATORS OR SEX OFFENDERS NEAR A CHILD.

Reno Man Gets 2 Life Sentences For CSA

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Marcos Martin-Montoya, 35

Reno, Nevada  –  A Reno man was sentenced on Monday to serve two life sentences in prison after he plead guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Marcos Martin-Montoya, 35, plead guilty earlier this year to two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, officials with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Each count carries a penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 10 years.

“The sentences handed down today are consecutive, guaranteeing that the very earliest Martin-Montoya could be eligible for release would be after he has served 20 years,” officials said in a statement.

Authorities had received a report that Martin-Montoya was inappropriately touching the 12-year-old in early May. Investigators later found that the girl had been sexually abused by him since 2009.

“He was arrested that same day,” officials said.

A multidisciplinary team from the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center were investigating the case. That included detectives from the Reno Police Department, authorities with the Washoe County Social Services and prosecutors with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

“The work done by this exceptional team of prosecutors, detectives and child advocacy professionals continues to better serve our community’s most vulnerable victims of crime,” District Attorney Chris Hicks said in a statement on Monday.

The Child Advocacy Center opened in June 2014 and has conducted more than 300 interviews with child victims.

Former School Bus Driver Guilty Of Child Sex Abuse

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John Carrell

WEST JORDAN, UTAH  –  A former school bus driver was found guilty on 19 felony counts related to child sex abuse.

The jury found John Carrell guilty on 19 of the 33 felony counts related to aggravated sex abuse of a child. He was found not guilty on 14 of the remaining felony counts. The 19 guilty verdicts covered both of his victims. The two girls were special needs children and rode on the bus Carrell drove for the Canyons School District.

The jury delivered the mixed verdict after 16 hours of deliberations.
In the courtroom, there was a quiet tension moments before the judge started reading each of the 33 counts.

Judge: “Count one, not guilty”There was a gasp in the courtroom after the first charge was read. Carrell’s eyes enlarged.

But then reality hit Carrell when count two was read by the judge. Judge: “Count two: guilty of aggravated sex abuse of a child.”

All it took was one guilty verdict and Carrell knew he would be going to prison for a long time.

When it was over, Carrell was found guilty on 19 of the 33 charges of aggravated sex abuse of a child.

Afterwards, the parents of one of the victims spoke briefly about the guilty verdicts.

“Closure, closure for us, a little closure,” said Thomas Brown, the parent who first heard his daughter speak of a problem on the school bus.

Brown’s wife was also present during the entire trial. And she was focusing on getting her child back to normal.

“We go home and we care for our kids,” Marisela Brown said. “That is our future. That is our life and that’s what they need. We want to care for her.”

When asked if her special needs daughter who is now six years old would understand the guilty verdict she said no.

As for John Carrell, he showed little emotion when the verdicts were read. He was taken into custody after the verdicts were read.
His family left the courtroom without comment but visibly shaken and weeping.

Carrell’s attorney said he accepted the verdict.

“We’re disappointed obviously and he’s disappointed,” said Ron Yengich. “But John accepts the verdict as well. That’s what we should do in a country that we believe in the jury system.”

Carrell will remain in the Salt Lake County jail until he’s sentenced on September 24. He faces a sentence of 15-year-to life in prison on each of the charges. The question remains whether the judge will offer him consecutive or concurrent sentences.

Child Abuse Clearance Law Being Clarified

Pennsylvania — Gov. Tom Wolf has waived the fees required by the Child Protective Services Law for volunteers who work with children.

Wolf said earlier this month he was waiving the fees for the volunteers’ child abuse clearances and criminal background checks as a matter of policy. Additionally, the Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania State Police will reduce the cost of those clearances from $10 to $8 for all other applicants, effective July 25.

As of Wednesday, volunteers are required to obtain both the Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services and the Criminal History Record Check from state police.

In addition, FBI clearances also are required for all employees and for volunteers who have not been a continuous resident of the commonwealth for the last 10 years. Since those clearances are administered by the federal government, current fees of $27.50 for a clearance through Human Services and $28.50 for one through the Pennsylvania Department of Education will continue to apply.

The administration is not issuing refunds to volunteers who already obtained their clearances, noted state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Township, whose office has been flooded with questions regarding who needs the clearances and who doesn’t need them.

Earlier this month, the House approved legislation that aims to address the unintended consequences created by the child-protection laws. The measure would limit background checks to volunteers and employees at schools, child-care facilities and similar places that have direct contact and routine interaction with children.

The current law, Act 153, requires clearances for people with direct contact or routine interaction, which wasn’t clearly defined. Under House Bill 1276, direct contact is defined as care, supervision, guidance or control of children, while routine interaction is regular, repeated and continued contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.

“H.B. 1276 is an effort to clarify who needs clearances and who does not”, Toohil said. “For example, right now, due to the confusion we have people getting clearances that do not need to get clearances. A parent who wants to bring cupcakes into their child’s class for the child’s birthday does not need to get clearances”.

“The law applies to parents who frequently become a volunteer in the classroom in a chaperoning capacity”, she said.

Similarly, volunteers from a nonprofit organization, such as a Veterans of Foreign Wars post, hosting a one-time event for children, such as a holiday party, would not need clearances, Toohil said. Also exempted would be volunteers working in an administrative capacity behind a desk for a nonprofit, she said.

But people with more direct and frequent contact with children, such as a Little League coach or volunteer in a classroom or field trip, would need clearances, Toohil said.

She believes most people working with children want to know those children can’t be exposed to people with a record of abuse against children and will make the effort to ensure the children are safe, she said.

“Child predators will do anything they can to avoid having a light expose their history or background”, Toohil said. “Typically, child predators do not want to answer questions about who they have resided with and where they have resided. The requirement of having to complete a child abuse clearance has a deterrent effect and many times people will just refuse to complete the process”.

Toohil encouraged anyone with questions about the clearances or H.B. 1276, which is now before the state Senate, to contact her office.

Wolf credited the Legislature for its bipartisan efforts “to develop needed clarifications” to the law.

“Through that process, the General Assembly expressed concerns of many members about the cost of background clearances, particularly for volunteers. I share those concerns and that is why I am excited about this announcement”, he said.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, Lower Towamensing Township, one of nine lawmakers who voted against H.B. 1276, said he did so because it was amended to exempt college and university employees from the background check requirements.

Heffley said the laws were created in response to atrocities committed on a university campus, referring to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

“As the laws began to take effect, it became increasingly clear that the General Assembly needed to revisit them to clarify definitions and, in some instances, make the requirements less onerous,” he said.

“I am disappointed that, in the process of cleaning up the laws … in a manner that is not prohibitively costly to our valued volunteers, an amendment was added that exempts college and university employees from the background check requirements. By exempting the very people these laws were initially intended to cover, this amendment rolls back important protections that were included in the original laws.”

If the Senate amends the bill to remove the exemption for college and university employees, Heffley said he would gladly vote for it.

Too late for this year

Hazleton Little League President Ed Shoepe said the changes are fine for next year but this year it still affects coaches participating in all-star tournaments and others.

“It still affects five teams this year plus Little League board members, volunteer workers (at) the concession stands, you’re talking 30 to 40 people who must pay the fees” because the waivers don’t go into effect until July 25, Shoepe said.

While existing volunteers who did not previously need the clearances have one year to obtain them and will be able to obtain them free after July 25, new volunteers needed to obtain both the criminal record and child abuse history clearances before July 1 to work with children.

The league, with more than 300 children on 24 teams, adds new volunteers every year, Shoepe said. It needs about 130 volunteers, including more than 80 coaches and 24 team moms or team parents, to function, he said.

Some of those volunteers were required to get the nearly $30 FBI clearances, in addition to the two state clearances, because they haven’t lived in the state for 10 years, which is common in Hazleton, he said.

Shoepe pointed out that a Hazleton police officer working as a coach in Little League tournaments had to have the required background checks.

“The average cost was about $50 for volunteers to get the background checks for both state and federal requirements”, he said.

Shoepe admits the rules are confusing, especially when it comes to something like the Challenger League where the parents are on the field with their children alongside volunteers. Hazleton Little League also requires parents to be at the children’s games, albeit not on the field, he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the governor and state lawmakers are making the changes, but it is too late for this year. Those changes won’t kick in until next year,” he said.