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    Canada - Bill Surkis for child pornography, Montreal, 2010

    I understand curiosity. I do. But for things that are KNOWN to be illegal and/or despicable, isn't a written description sufficient? Each one of us on WS knows what child porn is and we keep those images tightly wrapped up and at bay. We deal with the crime. We don't need to see the evidence. Does anyone need to download 9 hours of images of adult rape, animal torture, stabbings, decapitations, waterboarding? Didn't think so.

    Any man who is bright enough to be the director of B'nai Brith is also bright enough to be able to draw conclusions from a written description (he's a grandfather, after all, and thus would know children's anatomy, developmental stages, and reaction to pain and trauma) AND would fully understand that his actions are highly illegal. Shame. Shame. Shame.

    Ruined his life????? What about the children? Read his apology carefully. Note who he's most sorry for.


    http://www.canada.com/news/Former+Br...975/story.html

    'Curious' former B'nai Brith director to be sentenced over child porn


    "MONTREAL — Bill Surkis, former Quebec regional director of B'nai Brith, downloaded close to nine hours of videos of men raping girls as young as six because he is curious by nature and likes to learn.

    But Surkis, 71 and a grandfather, gave little thought to how his actions feed a booming child pornography industry that sexually exploits young girls, a Crown prosecutor said Thursday during Surkis's sentencing hearing. As his wife looked on from the front row, Surkis told Quebec Court how the incident has ruined his life...."

    and

    "Surkis told the court that if his name were placed on the sex registry, he wouldn't be able to "serve his community."

    He said his work would also be severely affected if he's forbidden to have a computer at home..."

    more at link

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    I'm curious to know what it would be like to be a multi-millionaire- but, I'm not out there robbing banks to get the money. Not every itch should be scratched.

    No excuses can justify what he has done.

    Throw the book at him!
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    I have never seen child pornography, nor do I want to.

    But, I am pretty sure that I would be heartsick and repulsed by the very first image, and would be incapable of viewing more than a minute's worth.

    I think the nine hours says it all. This man liked what he was seeing.
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    Smart Blonde--I've seen it and it can't ever be unseen. Thank your lucky stars that you never have. When it popped up in an email after our trial, I was speechless. I threw a towel over the computer screen and called the police. Within 10 minutes, the police chief and several officers were standing around my computer checking it out and sending it to the local FBI office. I felt physically sick. I stood behind them while they worked and even did a few things they asked. I didn't want to look but I couldn't help but look at the children. This was horrid stuff, most likely from Russia, I was told. I remember thinking, "Those are not street children. Those are well cared for, healthy toddlers." I have no doubt the abusers were the children's relatives.

    I continued to receive similar emails (which I didn't open) and forwarded them all to the FBI. It finally stopped. However, about a month ago, I was researching a poster on myredbook for one of our threads. I was searching for other things he might have posted using his screen name. A whole list of things popped up and I clicked on "Vintage Knitting Patterns" as I'm a knitter and I was curious as to how this guy could be connected to knitting. Oh Lord. It was NOT knitting patterns. It was a portal and within ten seconds, there on my screen were hundreds of still shots of little boys with adult women. I picked up the phone and called a detective and he directed me to the High Tech Crimes Unit. I also alerted a mod and edited my most recent post as I didn't want others to follow me down that path. It is so awful and tawdry and the children look so absolutely miserable.

    So, I've probably been exposed to 5 minutes of this nasty stuff and I still can't shake it. It's like seeing a murdered or horribly injured person or viewing torture. It haunts you.

    Nine hours? The man is a pedophile, plain and simple. No doubt in my mind.

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    Cripes - what a narcissistic a-hole!! It's all about him & nothing about what *rape* feels like to a child? UH - I'm just nauseous thinking about how this 'thing' thinks he did nothing wrong! WTH has he been up to that's no good?

    He should keep looking over his shoulder....I bet there's some folks who will have curiousity about what it feels like to put a beat down on a perverted sicko.
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    Who might that be?

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    I can't help myself. Let's look at this perv's list of sorrows:

    "It's exceptionally difficult to undergo what I've gone through, what I put my family through, my friends and my community through," Surkis said.

    "I destroyed my life and parts of my family's life."

    Essentially he's sorry for:

    1) Himself (for what he's "undergone")

    2) His family (but only for "parts" of their lives)

    3) His friends

    4) His community

    Aren't we missing someone in this list?

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    A "stellar" member of the community? Remember, he wants a computer in his home so he can continue to serve that community. He says that it would be "difficult" if he was on the registry. Has anyone asked his community if they really need his service any longer?

    Here's another article about Surkis:

    http://www.canada.com/news/terribly+...650/story.html

    "...Eight reference letters, one written by former cabinet minister Gerry Weiner, were deposited by the defence.

    They described Surkis as “honest and truthful” and someone who has a “deeply rooted moral conviction.

    According to a pre-sentencing report, Surkis was always interested in adult pornography and migrated to child porn because “he likes to learn and is curious by nature....”

    more at link


    I'll bet he has "none of the vices you can think of" (famously commented about the Mohler brothers) and keeps a nice lawn too. Who is supporting this guy and why????

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    Nice try:


    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/10102..._pornography_2

    "....Surkis's lawyer said in November 2009 that the videos were downloaded for research reasons.

    "The purpose of his viewing the child pornography material [was] to educate himself on the topic of child pornography," lawyer Steven Slimovitch told CBC News outside court. "Then he would go into schools and give lectures on people abusing people."

    But, prosecutors argued in court that there was no evidence to back up that claim. Surkis had not been hired by anyone to research child pornography and had not begun work on a study, they said..."

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    You know, maybe he will be allowed to keep his job. I'd forgotten about this man in the UK. Another bright guy working with the brightest students:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-KEEP-job.html

    "....The decision to welcome back Dr Nicholas Hammond has outraged children's charities.

    Hammond, 45, was last year suspended on full pay as director of studies in modern languages after being caught with more than 1,100 vile images on his computers. They included 30 in the most serious 'level five' category of pornography and other images involving babies as young as two days.

    But he was controversially spared jail last month and has been told he can return to work in April...."

    more at link


    Two days old? Newborns? And he's teaching at Cambridge? Steady yourself before you read what the judge said to this guy. You won't believe it.

    God help us all.

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    Another recent UK case of a Child Protection professor, Kevin Pettican, caught with child porn. I believe he also tried the "research" excuse:

    Respected British lecturer and child protection expert hit with child porn charges - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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