As a parent of small children, yes, I would be upset by what Emory did. However, as a parent of two boys who will get older and quite possibly experience that lapses of judgement common in teenagers and young adults, I would also be horrified at the prospect of a 20 year prison sentence for what was clearly a prank that harmed no children.
Still, the Muskegon County Prosecutors office wants to make an example out of Emory so they went after the big charge.
And if we want to know why sex offender databases are filled to the brim with the names of individuals who aren't really threats to anyone (allowing the truly violent predators to slip through the cracks) this is a good example. Threaten someone with 20 years in prison and then make them an "offer they can't refuse" plea bargain that consists of a lighter sentence and sex offender registry. Basically, they're charging this young man with the same crime as someone who actually makes child porn. I can't help but think this is quite a bit of overreaching on behalf of the prosecutor.
They could just put a giant fence around the US, call it a jail, and be done with it. You are all sinners and evildoers, every last one of you!
The Prosecutor should be sent to jail for frivolous prosecution. There’s no crime there. Sounds like a kid’s prank.
He’s filthy pedophile. He used innocent children in his “production.” He showed the faces of beautiful sweet kindergarteners while dubbing in lyrics like “I’ll put my hand down your panties and put my finger in your a**.”
I hope they confiscated his computer. They will no doubt find thousands of images of child pornography.
...and why the hell are FReepers defending the actions of a rotten decaying perv with a twisted, filthy mind?
Remember, all the while he was producing this “masterpiece” he was thinking of the meaning of his words...complete with mental images of ravishing 5 year old girls and boys.
Lock him up and throw away the key before he gets a chance to let his perverted fantasies become realities.
The people of Ravenna have a potential baby-rapist on their hands.
If he would have sent the video to MTV instead of placed it on YOUTUBE, he wouldn’t have this problem.
I suppose this ignoramus with a law degree also wants to dig up Maurice Chevalier and prosecute him for “Thank Heaven For Little Girls”, too?
Censoring and prosecuting musicians was a bad idea when Vienna did it to Mozart, (”La Clemenza di Tito”), when Dresden did it to Wagner,(”Rienzi”), when Florence did it to Verdi,(un Ballo en Maschera”), and what this moron of a taxpayer’s-money-wasting-carbuncle-brained DA is doing to Emory now.
Doesn’t he have REAL crimes to prosecute?
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Muskegon and the surrounding area is dominated by an extremely conservative fundatmentalist Dutch Christian set.
The locals will not “get” the humor and many are no doubt disappointed by the weak response from authorities.
$5,000 fine and one week picking up trash on the roadside. No sex offender registry.
There. I fixed it. He won’t do it again.
Take your empty moral sack back to DU. Defending this pervert is marking you as one of ‘his’.
Tell those children will have this haunting them for their whole life that nobody was hurt.
I hear trash like this person are making "crush videos" where they do things like put a high heel spike through a live kitten's skull.....
They do it to lure children wanting to see kitty videos to shock them.
.....And they think it is "funny".
Some in this latest generation are sick. The same can be said for other generations, but this one has busted down some walls that were verboten to bust before.
Do that to one of my kids and you’ll pray to be put in jail just to be safe from me.
We have permitted the public school adults to involved other people’s children in their adult sexual problems and agendas. No wonder these peolpe don’t understand there is a line they are not to cross as adults involving children in their adult sexual expressions.
He and his generation need to get the message that it is socially inappropriate and illegal to involve kids in adult sexual realms. But sending him to prision in this circumstance is unjust. Sound like mindless zero tolerance.
I am a parent of a 23 year old daughter that has some judgement challenges. Nothing this serious Thank God. That being said this young man IMO crossed a very big line which involves pornography and very young children. He has some deep problems. A jury or a judge will decide this and rightly so. This is exactly why we have a justice system.
I finally checked out the nasty lyrics and yes, this guy needs a good whop upside the head. But you’re right, 20 years in prison is ridiculous.
This is not a “prank”. It is evidence of a sick mind.