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Cop's 8742 child porn mistakes

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posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:01 PM

Cop's 8742 child porn mistakes

A Queensland police officer caught with more than 8000 child porn images on his home computer has avoided spending any time in jail.

Thomas James Anthony Wilson, 25, pleaded guilty in Brisbane's District Court today to possessing the lewd material, including pictures of boys as young as 10 engaging in sex acts.

He was sentenced to 18 months' jail, but the term was wholly suspended after his lawyer successfully argued Wilson had downloaded the images by mistake.

Police traced his credit card to a child porn website titled “Sunshine Boys”, where Wilson had paid a $35 access fee.
(visit the link for the full news article)

Mod Edit - Headline: Please use the original story headline from your source.

[edit on 3/14/2008 by JacKatMtn]

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:01 PM
Just amazing. Is there no end to the unjust practices and favors that police get over normal citizens?
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:19 PM
I don't know man... if you ask me, the powers that be are literally testing our patience at this point.

We keep shaking our heads over and over at ridiculous abuse of power, authority, etc. And we keep wondering when something is going to be done about it...

Seems to me like they are counting on us taking matters into our own hands. Because I'll tell you one thing, the moment we have police, judges, and high school principles getting caught with charges of pedophilia etc (not just owning porn, but raping children) - the public is going to go ballistic.

Oh wait... those kind of things have already happened. Alot. And we're still not doing anything. I think our patience is wire thin at this point.

Thanks for bringing this story to light, flagged.

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:20 PM
I had thought that maybe the police officer was getting off easier becuase his character could be better known than the average citizen...

but then that snippet says something about him pleading guilty... no wait.... it was an accident? ...with that number of photos they should have went with the sabotage excuse!

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:22 PM
I wondr was he a free mason, doing his dodgy signs, lol. Thats just disgusting how these people do what they want.

I have always said the police must ahve the biggest amount of paedos going, as what there job is, and the fact they can get away with it. But people always assume is the catholic priests who have twisted sexual desires, as a diversion away from the police.

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:29 PM
Well the police here get fired and jail time for breaking laws, so it is not all police.

As for the guy in the article it is sad that many lawyers are more concerned with the win and the money than actual justice. How can you accidentally download over 8 thousand images? I can see maybe an accidental download of up to a dozen (though that is a stretch) but not 8 thousand.

How the lawyer convinced anyone that it was accidental is beyond me I cannot even comprehend that kind of accident happening. Though I guess you could say a virus did the downloading but that sounds more fantasy than fact.

Still at least here the police still face the law like everyone else. So not all are above the law, last year two got fired and received jail time for crimes.


posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 04:30 PM
I am also confused here. He pleaded 'guilty' but then he gets off because it was allegedly an accident? I really don't see how it could possibly be an accident with 8000+ pics and a membership subscription though! It could have been an compressed folder with many images... but 8k+ is a really really big stretch for that idea. Still he pleaded 'Guilty'...

[edit on 043131p://14u14 by Lucid Lunacy]

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 05:28 PM
This story pisses me off. I agree with many of you. How can you plead guilty and then say it was an accident. Good lord!

If you are pissed at child pornography, you should read Race Against Evil by David Race Bannon.

Amazon - Race Against Evil

It is an autobiography of a guy who was hired into a secret Interpol project, called Project Archangel. Their job was to search, infiltrate and "clean" the child pornography ring.

Warning: This book is not for the light-hearted. Many times I had to put the book down because I was so angry at what people could do to innocent children.

I originally heard about this book when the author appeared as a guest on Coast to Coast AM. An interesting show to listen to as well. According to Interpol's statistics, 900,000 children a year are subjected to child pornography. 30,000 of those children are from America. It is sickening. Its a disease I believe we need to rid the world of.

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 05:36 PM
He should have used the Pete Townsend(I think) alibi, "I was doing research." Pfft.

The reason he didn't do time was:

"I am also mindful that as a former police officer, a period of imprisonment would be harsher upon you."

YA THINK???? Walking dead man.

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 05:49 PM
When I first read the Headline for this post I was thinking that maybe the cop got off by convincing the Judge/Jury that he was doing his own personal investigation to catch those peddling their porn products.

Clearly nobody can accidentally download 8000 images, maybe a few hundred at most of something other than what they were looking for with today's bandwidth and automated software.

Working with computers I have mistakenly downloaded the wrong products /drivers /patch's and whatnot, but downloading 8000 wrong things mistakenly I cannot fathom nor have I combined a fraction of that many errors in my over 22 years computing.

Though one click of the mouse can download everything contained in a specific site/area/group 8000 images would of had to been done with multiple clicks, during multiple sessions, with multiple integrity checks (views), over a multi-day period.

Even if one place had that many selections to select all of them would have been far from an automated process and nobody would waste their time, bandwidth & hard drive space to house something of that size without knowing what they were doing. Eventually they would have to buy extra drive space or burn them to CD's / DVD's.

It wouldn't be that hard for a computer forensics expert to decipher that the person downloaded those items during multiple sessions on the internet. They could show step by step each procedure that had to be taken & how much time was spent doing it. Wonder why they dropped the ball - maybe cause he was one of their own.

I'm curious what the sentence in that jurisdiction would normally be for non-cops getting caught with that much contraband? 18 months seems a bit too lenient in the first place.

Here in America people are often given 5-10 years for a few hundred such images found on their machines. Maybe a bit harsh considering they are not the creators of such images, but probably more appropriate than 18 months.

[edit on 14-3-2008 by verylowfrequency]

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 05:58 PM
wow it seems that everyday there is a new thread on something sick and twisted that a police officer or soldier has done. But never anything good.

Gee I wonder why, maybe because 99% percent of them are sick and twisted. And only 1% are actually not corrupt

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:03 PM
I am just amazed that the judge said this:

I accept that you did not actively seek child pornography and these images were accessed somewhat accidentally

Didn't actively seek!? They raided this mans house because he had a monthly subscription to a child porn site called "Sunshine Boys"! For crying out loud.

Notice the judge said 'somewhat' accidently. What the F does that even mean? He thought the boys were twelve and not ten?

Perhaps we need a now

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:05 PM
I agree that "child pornography" is disgusting and a morally wrong thing. But, I also know that.....

The ..thing... that causes someone to "desire" children ... is unkown.
(what causes straightness and gayness?)

Also, this desire, might just be a morally acceptable thing.
(possibly.... even if .....the desire is purely the result of trauma, abuse, perversion, etc)

....Surrrre... they (the people who don't control their desires) kidnap children and even when they don't ... any kind of contact they make with a child is ....mostly... smeared by the childs naivety, not to mention the REAL (but weak minded) trauma that sexual relations have on those who are not ready.

So this definitely ties up alot of problems with children in your "desires"... not even to mention the extreme bias people have for human life ... which ... I suppose may be a good thing... ..........ahhhhh, anyway.
I dunno what else to write.

[edit on 14-3-2008 by WishI]

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:24 PM

I understand what you're saying. And you bring up good points. And true, he didn't act on his desire, or pathology, or whatever (that we know of). All that is true.

But in your honest opinion, in light of this case, do you trust him? Do you trust him enough for him to be a 'protector and defender' of justice? Would you trust him around your children?

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:28 PM
reply to post by WishI

No offense WishI, but I don't think this is the appropriate thread to discuss what makes people seek this material. Nor is threads on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer appropriate to talk about how prostitution is maybe not bad. It doesn't mean your view has no validity - maybe I'm wrong.

This is about how criminal behavior is become the rule with law enforcement persons rather the the exception, they are the biggest Hypocrites one could have because they themselves are breaking the laws that they claim to be enforcing. Then the so called good guys look the other way or help get them off so the criminal behavior continues.

In this case they are getting off with a hand slap whereas the rest of us would be doing hard time for such offenses.

It is absolute insanity - and unacceptable.

[edit on 14-3-2008 by verylowfrequency]

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:29 PM
He downloaded them by accident....after paying to access the site with his credit card. BULL F***ING S**T.

Let's just say he had done it accidentally. Lord know from a previous post that they don't allow police officers to have a high IQ. So...he realizes he got the wrong pictures and joined the wrong website....sooooo delete them?! Report the site?! You're a police officer for goodness sakes, I'm sure you know someone in your precinct to look into it.

This is such horrible disgusting garbage and I can't believe he's going to get away with it.


posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:42 PM

He was sentenced to 18 months' jail,[ but the term was wholly suspended after his lawyer successfully argued Wilson had downloaded the images by mistake.

Hmmm, initially sentenced to 18 months...Gee, even if he was convicted (which by the wording of the article, he was) that sentence seems super small for such a crime.

So many oddities to this story...

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 06:55 PM
glad im not the only one that thought this story was BEYOND acceptable. even in today's messed up standards, this one is a real winner.

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 07:02 PM
reply to post by Lucid Lunacy

That's a very difficult question, and I don't think that my answer matters.. But, I would speculate.....

I do not know the guy. (for all that is worth, including..) I don't know his friends and family or his co-workers.

Though, even if I did know them. Even years of relation shipping could mean nothing ... not only in the area of actually knowing the person ... but even one moment away from them could mean disaster all the same. (even strong people sometimes give in, though, high moral character is notable if somehow provable..... ahhhh.... why can't we read minds?).

hmmm... while struggling to think out thoughts I came across an idea I encountered in the military (6 hour service.... lol... I gave up)
The buddy system! : P
...err... anyway, point being, I would only be enabled to trust them when and with proper "surveilance"...................funny...............surveilance spelled like veil... or viel or ...ahhh whatever....

posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 07:05 PM
Just more evidence of a vast, pederastic warrior cult, with occult and Nazi connections. They prey on children because they believe it will give them strength and power in the mystical sense. It goes back to ancient Greece and the Spartans. When authority figures are caught little or nothing is done about it.

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