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    Dad photographs Son 'mooning'... and faces sex exploitation charges

    Parents often take pictures of their children in bathtubs or running naked across the room, but a former Nashville attorney is accused of crossing the line by photographing his then-5-year-old son ''mooning'' him.

    The father is being tried this week on two charges of sexually exploiting a minor.

    However, the father's attorney, Richard Dumas, told jurors yesterday that his client did nothing wrong. Dumas, in opening statements at the Nashville trial, also told jurors that the father sent the photo to his ex-wife, the boy's mother, because he wondered where the boy had learned the behavior. Dumas asked why, if his client wanted to exploit the child, he would send the photo of the boy's exposed buttocks to his ex-wife.

    The Tennessean does not usually identify alleged victims of sex crimes, so names of the father and mother are being withheld to avoid identifying the child.

    Records show that the photo was brought before two other courts in a dispute over visitation and child support. Records show one of those courts found that the father did not abuse the boy and accused the mother of trying to use the photo to cut visitation with the father.

    ''There has been no sexual abuse of the minor child by the father,'' Davidson County Circuit Judge Muriel Robinson wrote in an order last year. ''The photograph regarding the mooning incident, which has been presented to this court and to other courts, has been blown out of proportion by the mother to avoid court-ordered visitation with the father.''

    Robinson held that the photograph was ''inappropriate, but does not indicate any abuse of the child by his father.'' The judge also increased visitation between father and son.


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    You mean the movie I have of my daughter dancing to the Rolling Stones after she got out of the bathtub when she was two is sexual exploitation? I wasn't supposed to show that to her Grandparents?
    Just the facts, Ma'am.

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    I know... I know! I have photos of my daughter running around naked too.. it's what kids do and it's cute. To think it violates sexual exploitation laws is incredulous.

    I can't speak for this Dad in this situation ~ there must be something about the photo that is red flagging them. I don't think they would persue charges for something frivolous.

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    I have a video of Butterbean at 18 mos just out of the bath dancing in circles singing "I'm a naked baby!" Beleive it or not, I have been extremely careful with this, including not emailing it (its digital) to relatives for just this exact reason. I was afraid of it being considered child porn. Its the most adorable thing I've ever seen, but I'm still afraid of it. So I keep it hidden away like it really is something bad.

    I agree with the judge in this case that the mom is just trying to get back at the dad using this pic as the reason. Must have been a messy divorce. It is worse to me what the mother is putting her child through to get back at the father than anything the picture could have done to him!

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    This story gets weirder

    Dad enters plea while jury voting not guilty

    After hours of anguish waiting for a jury to come back with a favorable verdict, a former attorney accused of sexually exploiting his young son pleaded guilty yesterday to a lesser charge that will keep him out of prison.

    Just after he entered his plea, the jury came down the hall. It had reached a decision: not guilty.

    ''You never know what the jury is going to do,'' said Nashville attorney Richard Dumas, who represented the man who he said had faced up to 24 years in prison for photographing his young son bending over with bare buttocks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    This story gets weirder

    Dad enters plea while jury voting not guilty

    After hours of anguish waiting for a jury to come back with a favorable verdict, a former attorney accused of sexually exploiting his young son pleaded guilty yesterday to a lesser charge that will keep him out of prison.

    Just after he entered his plea, the jury came down the hall. It had reached a decision: not guilty.

    ''You never know what the jury is going to do,'' said Nashville attorney Richard Dumas, who represented the man who he said had faced up to 24 years in prison for photographing his young son bending over with bare buttocks.


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    Its hard to say what any of us would do in this situation. I don't blame the guy for trying to save his own butt over his X-wife's bitterness. Sorry, no pun intended.

    We all have those pictures. I have a very cute one showing only cowboy boots, Dads cowboy boots and thats it. We all had a good laugh over it, but then again, this was before the digital/computer/things taken out of context/paranoia times.
    Last edited by WasUp; 09-26-2004 at 06:21 AM. Reason: was going to type more but I was afraid I'd lose my post before doing so!

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    From the same article

    He is not a former Nashville attorney, as previously reported.

    He had practiced law in Rhode Island but was disbarred in 1987 after pleading no contest to embezzlement charges, according to the Office of Disciplinary Council for the Rhode Island Supreme Court.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    the father sent the photo to his ex-wife, the boy's mother, because he wondered where the boy had learned the behavior. Dumas asked why, if his client wanted to exploit the child, he would send the photo of the boy's exposed buttocks to his ex-wife.

    Records show that the photo was brought before two other courts in a dispute over visitation and child support. Records show one of those courts found that the father did not abuse the boy and accused the mother of trying to use the photo to cut visitation with the father.

    ''There has been no sexual abuse of the minor child by the father,'' Davidson County Circuit Judge Muriel Robinson wrote in an order last year. ''The photograph regarding the mooning incident, which has been presented to this court and to other courts, has been blown out of proportion by the mother to avoid court-ordered visitation with the father.''

    Robinson held that the photograph was ''inappropriate, but does not indicate any abuse of the child by his father.'' The judge also increased visitation between father and son.


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    I agree with the father- where did the boy learn this? maybe they ought to be checking out the mother

    I also have taken photos of my dau in the bathtub. but when my son was born 6 yrs later I was too afraid of taking his picture in the tub, afraid someone might misunderstand. (and he was so cute crawling across the floor naked- kept stopping to check out what was wobbling between his legs, hahaha) I think the difference is the intent of the photos, and that is hard to prove. but he didn't desiminate this pic, he sent it to the child's mother- who has surely seen the child's body before. poor dad. poor kid. I hope they will appeal this one.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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