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I got this info from animenewsnetwork.com http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=8536

The Virginia man who was found guilty of 74 counts of child pornography in November, including several charges related to anime, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The individual, who was already on probation for a previous child pornography conviction, used a computer at the Virginia Employment Commission to download anime-child pornography and digital photographs of real children engaged in sexually explicit acts.

His conviction found him guilty of numerous charges related to both the "virtual" child pornography and the real child pornography. He was the first person convicted under the 2003 PROTECT act for life-like virtual child pornography.

The 2003 Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today act (PROTECT - Public Law 108-21), defines computer images that are indistinguishable from real children engaging in sexually explicit conduct as child pornography, while simple drawings which are easily distinguishable from real children are not considered child pornography.

Full text of a press release issued by the US department of Justice is as follows:

RICHMOND, Va., March 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Dwight Whorley, 52, of Richmond, Virginia has been sentenced to 240 months imprisonment on child pornography charges, Acting Deputy Attorney General and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Paul J. McNulty and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Alice S. Fisher today announced.

Whorley was convicted on November 30, 2005, after a four-day jury trial, of using a public computer at a Virginia Employment Commission ("VEC") office on March 30, 2004, to receive 20 obscene Japanese anime cartoons that graphically depicted prepubescent female children being forced to engage in sexual intercourse with adult males. Whorley was convicted under a new federal statute enacted in 2003 that criminalizes the production, distribution, or receipt of, or the possession with intent to distribute obscene drawings, cartoons, sculptures, paintings or any other obscene visual representation of the sexual abuse of children. Whorley's conviction for receiving cartoons is the first conviction under the statute that was not based on actual photographs of children.

The jury also convicted Whorley of receiving 14 digital photographs of real children engaging in sexually explicit conduct and of sending and receiving 20 obscene E-mails which graphically described, among other things, parents sexually molesting their own children.

At the time of his arrest in this case, Whorley was a registered sex offender who was convicted in March 1999, on a federal charge of receiving child pornography and was sentenced to 46 months' incarceration. In January 2003, after serving that sentence and while on supervised release for his earlier conviction, Whorley was re-arrested for violating the conditions of his probation. Whorley subsequently pled guilty to violating the conditions of his release and was sentenced to an additional 12 months of incarceration to be followed by 12 months of supervision by the United States Probation Office. He was arrested on the present charges on April 5, 2005-just three months after being released from incarceration-when United States Probation Officers learned that Whorley had received child pornography by using a computer at the VEC.

Also announcing the sentence is Donald Thompson, Special Agent-In-Charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Richmond Division.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara E. Flannery and Damon A. King, Deputy Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) at the Department of Justice. The case was investigated by a Special Agent of the FBI and James M. Fottrell of CEOS' High Technology Investigative Unit.

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LOL...the dude is caught for downloading and keeping anime CP...
looks like the thing with these people is that they are too sick to be kept in mind.
I agree that it shouldn't be downloaded, for one thing, anime CP is really by far the sickest thing they can do to pollute the name of anime further. I mean this is really like the worse thing, already anime was in the shadows for promoting hentai and stuff like that, which is perfectly fine to be aimed at the adult and legal audience, but to bring child porn in as a means to satisfy such sick fetishes is really wrong.

God, before that he even collected child porn, I say, keep him in there till he gets that sick mind of his through and straight. This is absolutely disgusting without a doubt.

Anime should have been just what it was even hentai, keep it to adults, or reasonably legal representations of females for the entertainment, not children. people who fap to child porn should be shot lol.

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I could care less what people 'fap' too, as Devildude used the term... As long as that's as far as it goes.

I agree that it degrades american and other non-japanese perceptions of anime as a whole, although I think that's a misconception. Anime is a medium. It's animated art and entertainment. Just like filming something, it can be used artistically, or not. People could make religious films, or they could make pornography catering to sick, or even illegal, fetishes. Neither thing reflects on the film itself; film is a medium. Animation is also a medium.

And a persons' sexual interests are their own business, even if I happen to find those interests sick, disgusting, and wrong, as long as they don't actually commit sexual acts with the non-consenting, or children who aren't of a legal age to give consent, again... none of my business.

The difference here is, you have to film real children for real child porn, and that is obviously illegal. Animated child porn can be made with no real children being involved. Sick? In my opinion, yes. Should it be illegal? In my opinion, no.

There's also the argument that people need to 'learn' these kinds of interests, they have to be exposed to them in order to develop an unhealthy interest, and for that reason such things should be illegal. But I don't know how true that is. And I think that the restriction of any form of animation from even being made or circulated amongst adults with no related criminal record definitely infringes on first amendment rights.

Of course, there could and probably should be a law preventing those previously convicted of criminal sexual acts with children, or even simply looking at and circulating real child pornography, from collecting even the most innocuous images of children. A person like that should be sent back to jail just for taking a photo of a clothed child who happened to be walking by.

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true, like all mediums, the array of potential developments and uses is really an issue, hence why it is really hard to make it by saying because it is childporn it should not be done.

Of course, you can always argue the way you did in saying there is no real children being involved, you can always say that, but I think in this case, it justifiably put this dude in jail for a reason, collecting real child porn is a crime, and we all know that is illegal, however, it also brings to attention how anime is being circulated in the market to appease individualistic fetishes like these.

I must say though, like all people, I myself have fetishes, and is not within any right to object how these things are not right and so on, after all, we are all individuals by our own right.

I guess as long as they do not really commit any crime based on what they have seen, it is alright, but nonetheless, the medium is being polluted by their filthy hands everytime they are caught as the consensus of a general public, like it or not regard anime = cartoon porn. You and I know that. Judging by how many people are ignorant towards the fact that it has an entirely different nature.

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Now that's just gross. Drooling at child pornography? Pathetic!

  • Mar 14, 2006
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He may be really... er... odd, but I don't think forcing him into prison is fair. I find it just as weird as "normal" porn, but you don't see people getting arrested for that (might be wrong there, not sure).

  • Mar 14, 2006
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I agree with the Devildude, he/she makes vereh a strong/well made point.. but!
I find tainting a child's innocence, and image in civilization that like, sick and wrong...

That guy needs to be shot in the face with a flaming arrow, laced with nitroglycerin.. along with the rest of the pedophile population... -ponders starting a anti-dumbass cult-

  • Mar 14, 2006

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Quote by chaosmongooseThe individual, who was already on probation for a previous child pornography conviction, used a computer at the Virginia Employment Commission to download anime-child pornography and digital photographs of real children engaged in sexually explicit acts.

From the sounds of the statement I think he's more likely going back to jail due to the real child porn, not mainly the "loli" stuff. So yeah I voted yeah he deserves to go to jail. Wasn't there an argument that since it's "animated" there is no way to verify an age, so you wouldn't be able to do anything about it? I dunno I thought I read that somewhere once.

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Wow... 20 years... thats alot of time to reflect on what he has done... but he deserves it... how did the cops know he was looking at porn?

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i think that being arrested for anime child porn is wrong, because it's not real--however, child porn is sick and wrong. . . VERY sick and wrong

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if it's child pornography, it's wrong, no matter if it were photos or Anime, though nailing him for the Anime is kinda weird.

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I'm not sure that I would generally consider art porn, but in this case I just don't like the idea of appeasing nasty desires. I also don't mind if he is arrested for this because it is one more charge against a felon which should never have been released. Rabid Dogs are destroyed... why not rabid humans?

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Ugh. Why is it that everytime I see a news article or a forum thread about this story it always dwells on the anime aspect? The man in question was not incarcerated for having anime child porn. Rather, he (who, by the way, is a repeat sexual offender) was sentenced to jail because he had pictures of actual children being subject to pornographic activity. From a legal standpoint, the kiddy-hentai was secondary and would probably not be enough by itself to throw him in jail but is enough to give prosecutors an even stronger case and to demonstrate that he has not cleaned up his act since his prior offenses.

Besides, sitting down at a government computer to download kiddy-porn is just moronic.

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Real child pornography is reason enough for him to be in jail, regardless of the anime child porn. I agree that it is better to animate child porn and actually film real children. However, it's still wrong...

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  • Mar 14, 2006

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Quote by KiadiagonWow... 20 years... thats alot of time to reflect on what he has done... but he deserves it... how did the cops know he was looking at porn?

That is easy....as you know, authorities have the ability to track your activities on the nets, and easily to download it to a public computer which this sicko is doing is easily detectable, and on a public server, the FBI can use certain forensic computer data gathering and rconstruction to recover even deleted items as well.
rest assured that you still maintain your innocence to proven guilty rights, as well as your privacy unless you have a blacklist like this fellow mentioned.
He is under probabtion after his previous attempts, it would not have been surprising the police or FBI decided to drop by and have a cup of tea.

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Quote by alexjohnc3He may be really... er... odd, but I don't think forcing him into prison is fair. I find it just as weird as "normal" porn, but you don't see people getting arrested for that (might be wrong there, not sure).

Real porn is legit and legal, you should know that. It is just that you must have a legal 18 years and above (preferably 21 years of age adult to act in the film, NOT children) Child pornography is outlawed by international law.

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Quote by shinsengumiUgh. Why is it that everytime I see a news article or a forum thread about this story it always dwells on the anime aspect? The man in question was not incarcerated for having anime child porn. Rather, he (who, by the way, is a repeat sexual offender) was sentenced to jail because he had pictures of actual children being subject to pornographic activity. From a legal standpoint, the kiddy-hentai was secondary and would probably not be enough by itself to throw him in jail but is enough to give prosecutors an even stronger case and to demonstrate that he has not cleaned up his act since his prior offenses.

Besides, sitting down at a government computer to download kiddy-porn is just moronic.

It is an anime community...what do you expect lol?
What it was is that it helps as an evidence to prove that this sicko did not repel from his previous crimes and fetishistic desires, and it helps to support the case for his mental condition, which could be why the anime porn part was pulled out of the closet.

The last bit cracked me up however....to think moronic idiots like these exist in the gene pool makes me wonder where is mankind heading? - Highway to Hell - *insert song here*

I think one of these aspects why is that this case, unwillingly brought upon the attention of the whole world what anime is about...i just hope they dwell deeper before they make conclusions - Anime = child porn.

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in general, its sickening!

even hearing the words "child porn" gives me goose bumps! why the heck would you leave all the hotties out there, and look at children take off their clothes!?!? i mean, what do they have to show that is better than 18-whatever year old women?

plus, whoever started the "idea" of child porn is the sickest ever! or incest....its just....disgusting!

Punishing him for watching "children pornography" is fair...yet, for anime child porn....? maybe all kids should be judged in a relative way for watching adult porn...don't u agree?

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Quote by leosama84even hearing the words "child porn" gives me goose bumps! why the heck would you leave all the hotties out there, and look at children take off their clothes!?!? i mean, what do they have to show that is better than 18-whatever year old women?

plus, whoever started the "idea" of child porn is the sickest ever! or incest....its just....disgusting!

Liking child pornography is a psychological condition, you just develop a taste for it. Why do some people have a particular fetish and some don't? Sadly, it's the same thing with child pornography.

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  • Mar 14, 2006
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The report also states that the man was convicted for prior offenses. One of the stipulations for most people convicted of such offenses is that they must stay clear of pornography afterwards. The fact that he was caught with simulated child-porn, i.e. hentai drawings, only furthers the case that he was not rehabilitated.
There's a reason these laws exist.

Of course, there are going to be those who will look down on the whole of the anime community for the actions of a few.

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My personal belief is that he shouldn't be convicted because of the anime child porn, just the normal child porn.

The truth is, why is child porn illegal? It is because children are targeted, are vulnerable, can be overpowered, can be taken advantage of, blah de blah. However, this only applies to real children. What harm can come from an image which in only meant to represent a child? It's not wrong for him to be interested in children, after all. It's only wrong if he acts upon those feelings.

Therefore, since drawings do NOT harm a child, there is no way anyone can convict him of child pornography. The only reason I can see of this is that people, society, thinks it is "sick", "disgusting". Sick and disgusting do not make up the law, or many other fetishes would be banned now.

  • Mar 14, 2006

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Thats really sick

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Quote by bwebOf course, there are going to be those who will look down on the whole of the anime community for the actions of a few.


you don't know how true that is. With sick freaks like him running around with hentai just gives the whole anime community in general a bad name. If more ppl like him keep getting their ass busted for hentai, then i think that the possiblity of anime being banned in some places is not so fictious any more. i really dont see the problem with hentai, after all its just ART and i see naked women painted in art all the time, just watch the movie Titanic or sumthing.

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Yeah it is just wrong all together

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Just a little and quick opinion...
Yeah, rape and porn are a problem nowadays. Better, porn, itself, isnt REALLY a big problem, until reaches a certain point where the things start to get crazy.
I dont think that a man would be to jail for Anime Porn. If he raped some girl, or make things even worst, yeah, its a point.
Btw, i think that more than porn, exists much more problemas that need so much more attention, because are such more horrible things. :/
Maybe my point is wrong, maybe, and im not afraid. But everyone have to agree that really existis things much, much and much bad than anime porn to get someone into jail...

  • Mar 14, 2006

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actually I don't see the reason if they decided to ban hentai, cause like porn, it is a legal business to satisfy certain taste and preferance in satisfying the inner desire.
The good thing about hentai is that it is purely fictional, no one is harmed, taken away unwillingly, or employed in the process of making it (aside from the artists and animators as well as staff of the animation department responsible). I don't see the reason for them to ban hentai at all. If anything, and they decide to go ahead, they really should ban real porn first don't you agree?

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