OPINION: Pity the children, not the porn fan

August 26, 2008

By KAREN VELIE

Not a lot shocks me anymore. Even so, I am stunned by the number of blog posters and media reporters who worry that people accused of child porn, once convicted, will be unable to get their lives back on track.

The facts, however, suggest that a great percentage of these people have been way off track for a long time and stand little chance of ever changing.

Recent local arrests were preceded by lengthy, intensive investigations, officials said. Former San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Goossens and part-time postman Jeremy Neubauer are battling charges of child pornography following a widespread roundup of suspected members of a child pornography ring. A third county man, Bryan Arnold, will be arraigned September 8.

Some people believe that child pornography is mainly about lonely men getting turned on by 16-year old Victoria Secret models who look 25. They think that a quick peek is all that is needed for the authorities to sweep in and make an arrest. The label of sex offender is then forever attached.

Nothing could be farther from the truth, and many investigators in this field believe “the media just doesn’t get it.” Not the severity of the crimes, nor the rapidly expanding frequency.

“We are not talking about someone inadvertently stumbling across a Web site,” said United States Attorney’s Office Public Affairs Officer Thom Mrozek. “People we prosecute are collectors. They have hundreds or thousands of images stored on their computers or CD ROMs. And we are not talking about teenagers in swim suits. We are talking about images of graphic sexual contact.”

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Virginia Kice said the kind of child pornography that results in prosecution “is about infants and young children being sadistically abused, bondage, and bestiality. Many of these men also act out their fantasies with children.

Though experts don’t agree on the exact percentage of child porn fans who also molest children, the figures are shockingly high. A Mayo Institute study conservatively estimates 76 percent of child porn enthusiasts also take a hands on approach. A 2007 government study reports that 85 percent of men convicted of downloading internet porn admitted to prison psychologists that they also sexually abused children.

One perspective is that exposure to child pornography fuels sexual urges, and that a constant barrage of sadistic images allows these men to feel their urges are not only “normal” but that they somehow “fit in.”

Even so, time and time again, those accused of child porn claim they only glanced at the materials, or were doing it for research purposes.

You have to look no farther than the media outrage at the child porn conviction of San Francisco radio host Bernie Ward. Numerous major newspaper articles lay blame on an “unjust system” for Ward’s impending five to 10 year sentence for actions he claims were research-oriented. The stories fail to mention that he downloaded graphic videos of young children being sadistically abused, and then passed those on to other child porn enthusiasts.

“It’s not about clicking on an image, it is downloading child porn,” Kice added. “A lot of child porn is produced in the United States, but we want to protect children around the globe, wherever a child is being abused.”

In the 80s, acquiring child porn was a dangerous and expensive venture, with the postal service playing watchdog. The Internet has provided an easily accessible — and cheap — venue to a rapidly-morphing child porn industry. Victims are increasingly younger in age, studies show: 91 percent of the victims are under 12, and 80 percent of the victims are female.

With the volume of Internet porn literally doubling every year, this crime has risen to the top of the priority list for many criminal investigators.

Within the past few weeks, apart from the 55 Central and Southern California child porn arrests, a Fresno man was convicted of kidnapping a 12-year-old and making videos of his sexual assaults. And a San Antonio woman advertised her 5-year-old daughter as a “nice piece” in an attempt to trade the child for a car and a new home.

“The demand for these pictures drives the industry,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller “We try to educate the public that it is a serious crime.”

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12 Comments

  1. ccn_debate says:

    Member Opinions:
    By: Anonymous on 9/3/08
    I agree 100%! Send ALL sexual preditors away for 25 to life; fisrt offense.
    Protect our children and our women from these terrible attacks. Well said. Thank you.
    By: Anonymous on 9/3/08
    What ever happened to To Catch a Predator? Those guys made up excuses that it was their first time doing that kind of thing, etc., then some of them got caught again on the same show?? These people who say they just glance at the stuff are full of bull. After looking gets old they probably act it out and that is what is scary. I hope the people in this bust get sent away for as long as possible.
    By: Anonymous on 9/3/08
    As a person who use to go to church with Jerry D. Not together, but attended at the same time, is a highly disturbed person IMO. He is also a serial marrier. This is public record.

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  2. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 9/3/08
    Jerry D, you are sick, very, very sick. I worry for any children you are around.

    You scrambled out of SLO County after you got creamed in a School Board election. People around here know what you're about and rejected you.

    Santa Maria Bill knows about you and nailed you on it. So all you can think of is sick vengeance. You are sick and we hope you give up any idea of ever moving back.

    Maybe you can find a blog where you live to screw up, instead of this one.

    Sick, sick, sick, perverted, hateful, violent, untrustworthy, liar who is both incredibly foolish and arrogant.

    Leave us alone please!
    By: Anonymous on 9/3/08
    Give it a rest, Jerry. We all know who you are.
    By: Anonymous on 9/2/08
    Karen Velie says:

    To the person who repetitively attacks Santa Maria Bill on almost every post. Numerous readers have complained about your obsessive posts that have nothing to do with the stories they follow.

    I am aware that Bill had his license taken away years ago. We do not find it worthy of a story at this time. If you want to discuss guests on Dave's show not related to our stories, please call in to the show, post on Dave's blog, or start your own site.

    We are working on changing to a log-in system at this time.

    By: Anonymous on 9/2/08
    Stay on track people. The comments on here are for the the opinion written by Karen, Pity the Children, Not the Porn Fan.
    By: Anonymous on 9/2/08
    so you are saying this site is sister to the Daily KOS?
    By: Anonymous on 9/2/08
    I agree with "In the Tank's" opinion.
    Congalton is a "sacred cow" at this
    Site, and like OBAMA no one can question or criticize him / them without recrimination from the left.
    By: Anonymous on 9/2/08
    what does that men, "in the tank"

    How does Karen benefit?
    By: Anonymous on 9/2/08
    Karen is in the tanl for congalton and sm bill aka Will Powers.
    A seriously bad decision.

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  3. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 9/1/08
    I don't think it's one person. Karen should know because of the IP, however, I know I have commented on it myself..not attacked, and my comment was not removed. Someone does seem to be harping on it, but I can see the relevance to this article. It shows the destructiveness of porn and a sex-obsessed culture. The very first post touches on it, but has not been removed. I would guess that is because "he" is not mentioned by name.
    By: Anonymous on 9/1/08
    To the person who repetitively attacks Santa Maria Bill on almost every post. Numerous readers have complained about your obsessive posts that have nothing to do with the stories they follow.

    I am aware that Bill had his license taken away years ago. We do not find it worthy of a story at this time. If you want to discuss guests on Dave's show not related to our stories, please call in to the show, post on Dave's blog, or start your own site.

    We are working on changing to a log-in system at this time.
    By: Anonymous on 9/1/08
    When are you going to delete the posted and block out the person who is obsessed with SM Bill? He is sliming this blog and it clearly is one obsessed individual thats doing it and taking us all off this important topic.
    By: Anonymous on 8/31/08
    All I know is that it is highly likely that out of the 55 perpetrators approximately 46 are also child molesters/pedophiles. Whether former deputy Goossens is in that 45 is yet to be seen. I hope the mothers of his children get the kids into counseling, regardless of the what if? question. When things like this happen it can be a snowball effect. Considering his standing in the community he could have gotten away with a lot of things with little kids. Just absolutely heartbreaking for the victims of this reprehensible crime. Since he has no criminal history, sadly he probably will not serve the maximum 10 years. Do you recall the old man in I believe San Jose they found? He had kept a diary of his molestations and wasn't caught for 20+ years. Very scary. Some people can get away with it, but eventually they are caught.

    By: Anonymous on 8/31/08
    You want it to be one. But you know it's not.
    But for those that believe this fool and you want him to get info for you please call…1-900-get-real for the best in psychic services. All USLO bloggers get a 15% discount.
    (Please bring your own tin foil hat to your session)
    By: Anonymous on 8/31/08
    Hey guy, don't use "we". I don't know who Psychologist is, but YOU are a maniac, a lone, lonely, cyber stalker maniac who makes a mockery of this blog. Nothing "we" about you.
    By: Anonymous on 8/30/08
    We proved who you are already.

    Stop obsessing
    By: Anonymous on 8/30/08
    If I can prove that I am NOT SM Bill, would you be willing to get professional help?
    By: Anonymous on 8/30/08
    What does any of this have to do with Karen's essay? New topic, please.

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