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    MO~William Laursen, jazz pianist/school teacher explains child porn viewing

    So, Mr. Laursen taught 10-14 year old children all day and then goes home and watches child porn bondage videos of a little 10 year old girl. He also had his young daughter living with him. Lord help her. And please scroll down to the other articles I posted.....Mr. Laursen's explanation as to why he did this.

    I realize that Laursen's arrest was a while back but he's only recently been sentenced. It's seeming to take about 2-3 years right now for a turn-around, due to the backlog of cases.


    "KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former music teacher was sentenced Tuesday to 7 years in federal prison for possessing and receiving child pornography via the Internet. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    William Harold Laursen, 57, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced in the Western District of Missouri Oct. 5 to 90 months in federal prison without parole. Laursen, a professional jazz pianist, was a music teacher at Kansas City Academy in Kansas City, Mo., and at CS-1 Junior High School in Prairie Village, Kan.

    The court also ordered Laursen to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of his victims, who has been identified as the subject of a nearly two-hour movie that Laursen admitted to downloading over the Internet on Christmas Eve 2007. The victim, who was 10 or 11 years old at the time, was videotaped while being subjected to multiple acts of sexual abuse by her father, including bondage...."

    and

    ".....Laursen's collection of child pornography exceeded 5,000 images and 70 movies. This conservative estimate only includes the files that were still active on Laursen's computer, and marks the point at which the reviewing law enforcement agent stopped counting. Laursen's digital collection is among the largest in the history of child exploitation prosecutions in the Western District of Missouri...."

    more at link


    And:

    http://www.pitch.com/2009-07-30/news...es-to-explain/

    A jazz pianist pleads guilty to child-porn charges and tries to explain

    "....In the computer room, the lead agent was asking her father if he ever looked at pornography. If he ever looked at child pornography. The agents wanted to take his computer back to their lab.

    Laursen knew he had child porn on his computer. Most of the images were girls about Jess' [pseudonym for his daughter] age in various states of undress...."

    more at link

    And another, the unedited letter Laursen wrote:

    http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/07/...child_porn.php

    Reporter's Notebook: Bill Laursen tells you why he downloaded child pornography

    "...I have been carrying severe emotional pain for most of my life. This pain that had been left untreated for 40 years has brought me to this difficult place I now find myself. I could finish my letter right here; say I'm sorry and bid adieu. But some friends whose judgment I greatly admire have convinced me that I need to tell this story to people I care about. So here it is:......."

    more at link

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    FWIW, one of Laursen's friends defends him by comparing child porn to Hummers. They are both bad ideas but the guy's not going to judge anyone for having the habit. I slogged through both articles and the comments. I'm almost speechless.

    For anyone who wonders what an intelligent and well spoken man might say in defense of his "little habit", these are fabulous articles. My hat is off to The Pitch for running them.

    Does it bother anyone else that Laursen spent his last night before going to prison, sleeping on a mattress in an empty home with his teen daughter? She totally defends him as a wonderful person.

    There's a part of me that wishes that ICE could have aired clips (with faces blurred) of the videos on Laursen's computer for the going away party. Maybe then these people would grasp that we are NOT talking about artistic photos of unclothed children. How many times does the man need to remind us that "no one was hurt"?

    YES THEY WERE!!!!

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    What a whiner! And he's being unfairly punished....boo-hoo-hoo, too bad so sad.....call the Whaaaambulance for this one...he'll need it, because I'm sure he'll be crying in court at his sentencing.

    (And ITA w/ the 6th comment at the Pitch blog...wish I could say that here.)
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    ITA!!! My reaction was exactly the same. I slogged through the whole mess and loved that last comment. The only thing missing was some violin music. Did you see his comment about hoping that the prison allows him to take his synthesizer? Does this man not have a single clue?

    I didn't see any comments anywhere from families of children he taught. Maybe they've all clammed up after initially defending him. Just once, just once, I'd love to see someone say, "I was sure wrong about that guy. Let's see what we can do for the victims."

    Just once.

    And throwing a house party. My Lord. How disrespectful of the victims can you get?

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    Geez Bill you self serving pervert thanks for filling us in.

    Yougottabefreakinkiddinme.

    Are we to believe that if ones father is killed in an accident and we rack our friend up because we're drunk as a teen we'll collect a kajillion images of child pornography and sadistic videos of a child being brutally sexually assaulted? Holy cra*, Bill thanks cause that'll help us understand a little better.

    Bill, you are so concerned about making your friends and their families feel uncomfortable why in the he*l don't ya shut your yap and do your lil bitty time without your synthesizer in a lousey federal prison.

    Any remorse? Any? Well for someone besides himself?


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    Once again, I really have to hand it to The Pitch for giving Laursen a "platform" and handing him the shovel. Very very educational. They do some mighty fine work over there.

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    Thank You, Thank You! I do love all of you from the bottom of my heart. Dear Bill has made my slight tension headache a full blown killer, so I am not going to go on and on, you have already said it for me so well.

    Bill, rot. The end.

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    http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/07/...child_porn.php

    what a jackazz... i was all excited to get to read what he had to say for himself too, LOL, and i couldnt even read 50% of that tripe... what a total boor. if he thinks anyone is buying that load of crap then he has lost his mind. what i surmised is that this guy thinks that as long as he didnt take the photos then he isnt responsible for the victim in the photos...what a crock. hope he likes "adseg" in prison and never sees sunlight or another human for the entire time that hes there but most of all i hope he doesnt try to come out of prison as some kind of "expert spokesperson" for people such as himself whom he feels is the true victim....

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    Blah blah blah whatever. This guy needs to sit down, STF up and take his punishment like anyone else. His synthesizer? Really?!? Talk about denial!

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    But what about all the people who showed up for the "going away party"? That makes me physically sick. What kind of a message does this give his daughter? Why not take the money spent on that party and donate it to the Children's Advocacy Center?

    I really lost it when I got to the analogy with the Hummer. "Hey, they're not the best idea right now but everyone's gotta do what they've gotta do. You know, kinda like a bad habit. Not gonna judge the guy for a bad habit."

    Jeesh.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    So, Mr. Laursen taught 10-14 year old children all day and then goes home and watches child porn bondage videos of a little 10 year old girl. He also had his young daughter living with him. Lord help her. And please scroll down to the other articles I posted.....Mr. Laursen's explanation as to why he did this.

    I realize that Laursen's arrest was a while back but he's only recently been sentenced. It's seeming to take about 2-3 years right now for a turn-around, due to the backlog of cases.


    "KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former music teacher was sentenced Tuesday to 7 years in federal prison for possessing and receiving child pornography via the Internet. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    William Harold Laursen, 57, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced in the Western District of Missouri Oct. 5 to 90 months in federal prison without parole. Laursen, a professional jazz pianist, was a music teacher at Kansas City Academy in Kansas City, Mo., and at CS-1 Junior High School in Prairie Village, Kan.

    The court also ordered Laursen to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of his victims, who has been identified as the subject of a nearly two-hour movie that Laursen admitted to downloading over the Internet on Christmas Eve 2007. The victim, who was 10 or 11 years old at the time, was videotaped while being subjected to multiple acts of sexual abuse by her father, including bondage...."

    and

    ".....Laursen's collection of child pornography exceeded 5,000 images and 70 movies. This conservative estimate only includes the files that were still active on Laursen's computer, and marks the point at which the reviewing law enforcement agent stopped counting. Laursen's digital collection is among the largest in the history of child exploitation prosecutions in the Western District of Missouri...."

    more at link


    And:

    http://www.pitch.com/2009-07-30/news...es-to-explain/

    A jazz pianist pleads guilty to child-porn charges – and tries to explain

    "....In the computer room, the lead agent was asking her father if he ever looked at pornography. If he ever looked at child pornography. The agents wanted to take his computer back to their lab.

    Laursen knew he had child porn on his computer. Most of the images were girls about Jess' [pseudonym for his daughter] age in various states of undress...."

    more at link

    And another, the unedited letter Laursen wrote:

    http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/07/...child_porn.php

    Reporter's Notebook: Bill Laursen tells you why he downloaded child pornography

    "...I have been carrying severe emotional pain for most of my life. This pain that had been left untreated for 40 years has brought me to this difficult place I now find myself. I could finish my letter right here; say I'm sorry and bid adieu. But some friends whose judgment I greatly admire have convinced me that I need to tell this story to people I care about. So here it is:......."

    more at link
    I'm sorry, I tried to read the whole thing but he babeled and babeled with no remores, just rationalzation for his actions.
    He taught children in the same age group as the pics on his pc.
    His families money is gone, wasted on good attorneys that couldn't get the guilty fee.

    I hope the children have been found, and are in therapy.
    I hope his own child is receiving counseling.
    He acts like he doesn't even know what he's done wrong, and
    minimizes the amount he has stored;
    Perhaps a few years in jail will bring him to himself like
    psychotherapy could never do......
    moo
    Last edited by yosande; 02-16-2011 at 03:05 AM.
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    there is absolutely not a single thing I can say that is not a TOS violation. usually I can think of something less serious to say than that but not after reading that crap.

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    The only difference between William Laursen and the majority of the other perverts out there, is the fact that he is well educated and has money....and I doubt seriously that the loss of his father and friend contributed one iota to him being a freak. jmo

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    That was just gross

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    omg. I don't think i've ever felt such anger at any person. What a (insert your own derogatory word here so I won't get banned). It took him almost the WHOLE letter before anything resembling an apology came out. THEN, it lasts all of one sentence before he goes on to say he wasn't hurting anyone and there was only a LITTLE sexual acts on his computer. Dude, you're either a pervert or you're not. you can't be a little bit of a pervert. it's ridiculous! But I will be honest and say, that letter did NOTHING to help him and EVERYTHING to hurt him and I hope his cell mate read his half butted attempted at defending himself. what a douche.
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