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Virginia Man Sentenced in Landmark Obscenity Case (Anime Porn)
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Posted on 03/11/2006 12:11:57 AM PST by ChessMan

Virginia Man Sentenced in Landmark Obscenity Case

03/10/06 Cyber graphic with FBI Seal Two years ago, Dwight Whorley went to a local office of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) in Richmond, ostensibly to look for jobs online. Instead, he used the state’s computer to download and send Japanese “anime” cartoons showing graphic acts of child pornography.

Because of a 2003 federal obscenity law, that’s illegal . The law, designed to help protect children from sexual exploitation, makes it a federal crime to produce or distribute obscene drawings, cartoons, paintings, or any other visual representations involving the sexual abuse of children.

On December 1, Whorley—who had spent time in jail on previous federal child pornography charges—became the first person in the U.S. to be convicted under the 2003 law. On Friday (March 10), he was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $7,400.

How’d he get caught? Alert employees at the VEC saw Whorley print the images, and they told a supervisor. The supervisor called the police, who contacted us. Our computer experts in Richmond and from the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice extracted evidence from the computer, and a Japanese linguist at FBI headquarters translated the text of the cartoons to provide further proof of the cartoons’ content.

FBI Agent Gerald Kim, who led our investigation in Richmond, said the cartoons were extremely graphic. “There was no doubt about what was being depicted,” Kim said.

The Japanese anime was just part of the case against Whorley. Our cyber experts found digital photographs of child porn on the same VEC computer. Whorley had also used it to send explicit e-mails to a young girl and for other e-mails describing the sexual abuse of children—further violations of federal obscenity laws. In the end, we were able to link Whorley to the pornography, e-mails and other evidence on the computer. He was convicted of a total of 74 counts of obscenity and child pornography.

“We worked on this day and night to verify that he was the person using that specific computer at certain times,” Kim said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: anime; cartoon; childporn; porn
Rest of story at link
1 posted on 03/11/2006 12:12:00 AM PST by ChessMan
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To: ChessMan

The case won't stand. The Federal Surpreme Court already ruled that child porn laws only applies to actual pictures and videos of children, not hand draw fiction characters because the ages of such fictional characters are subjective.


2 posted on 03/11/2006 12:16:13 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: ChessMan

Are they aware of the fact that children are not made of ink and paper?


3 posted on 03/11/2006 12:16:25 AM PST by Redcloak (<--- Not always a people person.)
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To: ChessMan

Though they can probably send him to jail for everything else but the fiction.


4 posted on 03/11/2006 12:17:34 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Paul C. Jesup; Redcloak
If you continue reading the rest of the press release (and I haven't the slightest clue why the person who posted the thread excerpted it when it's not copyrighted and the FBI actually wants it disseminated) then you'll see that the anime led them to actual digital photographs that he'd also sent.
5 posted on 03/11/2006 12:23:39 AM PST by AntiGuv
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To: Paul C. Jesup

depends on whether he speaks japanese


6 posted on 03/11/2006 12:25:35 AM PST by gogoman
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To: AntiGuv
then you'll see that the anime led them to actual digital photographs that he'd also sent.

Yeap, that is what I figured. But that newbie Chessman tried to make it sound like the man was convicted for having anime porn/hentai.

7 posted on 03/11/2006 12:33:55 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: AntiGuv
Hmmm... Then let's post the whole thing...

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
Virginia Man Sentenced in Landmark Obscenity Case

03/10/06 Cyber graphic with FBI Seal Two years ago, Dwight Whorley went to a local office of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) in Richmond, ostensibly to look for jobs online. Instead, he used the state’s computer to download and send Japanese “anime” cartoons showing graphic acts of child pornography.

Because of a 2003 federal obscenity law, that’s illegal . The law, designed to help protect children from sexual exploitation, makes it a federal crime to produce or distribute obscene drawings, cartoons, paintings, or any other visual representations involving the sexual abuse of children.

On December 1, Whorley—who had spent time in jail on previous federal child pornography charges—became the first person in the U.S. to be convicted under the 2003 law. On Friday (March 10), he was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $7,400.

How’d he get caught? Alert employees at the VEC saw Whorley print the images, and they told a supervisor. The supervisor called the police, who contacted us. Our computer experts in Richmond and from the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice extracted evidence from the computer, and a Japanese linguist at FBI headquarters translated the text of the cartoons to provide further proof of the cartoons’ content.

FBI Agent Gerald Kim, who led our investigation in Richmond, said the cartoons were extremely graphic. “There was no doubt about what was being depicted,” Kim said.

The Japanese anime was just part of the case against Whorley. Our cyber experts found digital photographs of child porn on the same VEC computer. Whorley had also used it to send explicit e-mails to a young girl and for other e-mails describing the sexual abuse of children—further violations of federal obscenity laws. In the end, we were able to link Whorley to the pornography, e-mails and other evidence on the computer. He was convicted of a total of 74 counts of obscenity and child pornography.

“We worked on this day and night to verify that he was the person using that specific computer at certain times,” Kim said.

But our work didn’t stop there. By examining the computer Whorley used, our agents were able to identify and track down other peddlers of child pornography, leading to a recent arrest by agents from our St. Joseph, Michigan, office near Detroit. Other cases are in motion.

How can you help protect your children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation? Check out A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety and other resources on our Online Child Pornography Program webpage, our Crimes Against Children webpage, and the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section webpage.

Resources: U.S. Attorney Press Release


OK... So there's more here than ink and paper. However, the Feds are lucky that this case didn't fail on probable cause. Cartoons, no matter how vile, don't necessarily translate to kiddie porn; this was a bit of a reach.
8 posted on 03/11/2006 12:37:33 AM PST by Redcloak (<--- Not always a people person.)
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To: Redcloak

Well, look at it this way: In a less forgiving world, they would add ten years just for the stupidity of using a public government computer to engage in his child porn endeavors.

Sometimes I really can't help but wonder how some people manage to even survive to adulthood....


9 posted on 03/11/2006 12:46:54 AM PST by AntiGuv
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To: Paul C. Jesup

A. I am no newbie, don't that date fool you.

B. The crux of the FBI's release was how it related to the obscenity law.


10 posted on 03/11/2006 1:49:27 AM PST by ChessMan
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To: ChessMan

This guy should get 20 years for stupidity alone.


11 posted on 03/11/2006 2:39:56 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: ChessMan

I've seen things on South Park that would violate this law.


12 posted on 03/11/2006 3:37:07 AM PST by opinionator
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To: ChessMan

Some of these girls look young, how did they verify the age of those involved?


13 posted on 03/11/2006 3:38:50 AM PST by opinionator
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To: ChessMan
The firmest basis for laws against Child porn is that children are unable to give informed consent or contract legally. Since no children were actually used in the creation of these disgusting images, it's hard to see how this law will stand.

I think it would be a good time for Whorley to have a massive heart attack or step in front of a bus but the law seems weak to me.

14 posted on 03/11/2006 3:40:49 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Redcloak
How can you help protect your children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation?

Don't let your kids pose for those charicature artists at theme parks.

15 posted on 03/11/2006 3:42:07 AM PST by opinionator
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To: Redcloak
Cartoons, no matter how vile, don't necessarily translate to kiddie porn;

That's why the guy was charged with obscenity.

16 posted on 03/11/2006 4:06:31 AM PST by Sandy
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To: muir_redwoods
The firmest basis for laws against Child porn is that children are unable to give informed consent or contract legally. Since no children were actually used in the creation of these disgusting images, it's hard to see how this law will stand.

While your rationale is sound, it is not the only one used when various governments form their child pornography laws.

In Canada not only are depictions of sex with 'simulated' children, which includes anime, considered child porn, but even text - stories of sex with or between children is also.

17 posted on 03/11/2006 4:23:29 AM PST by Northern Alliance
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To: ChessMan
Anime is proof that we didn't drop enough bombs on Japan in 1945.
18 posted on 03/11/2006 4:23:49 AM PST by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: Northern Alliance
"In Canada not only are depictions of sex with 'simulated' children, which includes anime, considered child porn, but even text - stories of sex with or between children is also."

And I repeat, that is a weak basis for a law. We had a fellow here who was on parole for a child-molestation charge. As a condition of parole, he was not to possess child-porn (duh!)but he was found with a diary filled with his own written musings on sex with children. He was arrested for a parole violation and it was held up at trial. On appeal he was freed because, essentially, a person's diary is simply a repository (in this case a septic tank) of one's own thoughts and one is free to think what one will.

Key to this decision was the absence of any real children in any aspect of the offending material.

19 posted on 03/11/2006 4:35:56 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: ChessMan

08 March 2006 qualifies as a newbie. If your seniority is at issue then remember that you gave that up when you changed your nom-de-'net. Kind'a like in the rules for a game, if you can't make a move then turn in your pieces and lose the turn. You lost - your claimed seniority.


20 posted on 03/11/2006 5:06:19 AM PST by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: ChessMan

Maybe a sex cartoon is considered underage if it was drawn less than 18 years ago?


21 posted on 03/11/2006 6:04:00 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: opinionator

I actually like anime (Twelve Kingdoms, and Samurai Deeper Kyo are pretty good, and Cowboy Bebop rocks), but in anime drawings, the characters look young and very stylized, that's the style. I'm thinking that the "age" of people in anime drawings would be subjective.
Also, anime porn is referred to as Hentai.


22 posted on 03/11/2006 8:28:59 AM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: dhuffman@awod.com

Does that mean I cannot retire as early and get my pension :)


23 posted on 03/11/2006 10:46:35 AM PST by ChessMan
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To: ChessMan

They should have stuck with the open-and-shut charge (the misuse of state computer equipment). The legal precedents indicate that the charge for purely fictional kiddie porn images (not involving any actual minors) won't stand.


24 posted on 03/12/2006 5:00:36 PM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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