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    FL - Daniel Guevara Vilca given life sentence for child porn possession

    Well, here's a subject open for discussion. I'm not sure what my position is. What surprises me is that Mr. Vilca was held responsible for each and every image. That's almost unheard of.

    Possibly the judge agrees with many of us and believes that this obsession is not treatable and wants to ensure the safety of children. I'm all but certain that this story is far from being told.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/us...?src=me&ref=us

    Life Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography Spurs Debate Over Severity
    November 4, 2011

    "Does downloading child pornography from the Internet deserve the same criminal punishment as first-degree murder? A circuit court judge in Florida clearly thinks so: On Thursday, he sentenced Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca, a 26-year-old stockroom worker whose home computer was found to contain hundreds of pornographic images of children, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    But the severity of the justice meted out to Mr. Vilca, who had no previous criminal record, has led some criminal justice experts to question whether increasingly harsh penalties delivered in cases involving the viewing of pornography really fit the crime. Had Mr. Vilca actually molested a child, they note, he might well have received a lighter sentence...."

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    "....Sexual offenses involving children enrage most Americans, and lawmakers have not hesitated to impose lengthy prison terms for offenders. In Florida, possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Mr. Vilca was charged with 454 counts of possession, each count representing one image found on the computer. Steve Maresca, the assistant state attorney in the case, said that in his view, Mr. Vilca “received a sentence pursuant to the sentencing guidelines....”

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    “....Too many people just look at this as a victimless crime, and that’s not true,” he said. “These children are victimized, and when the images are shown over and over again, they’re victimized over and over again.....”

    More at link

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    Not that I'm sympathetic to this man, but I can't help but see the irony between this sentence, and some of the other threads in here. A man rapes his wife repeatedly, and she gets ordered to pay him $1,000 a month spousal support!! This man didn't actually rape anybody*, and gets life without parole.

    I think we should stop expecting logic off our criminal justice system.

    *I'm not in any way suggesting that possession of child porn is a victimless crime. I view people who look at child porn in the same light as the men who clapped and cheered while that woman was being raped in The Accused.

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    I agree Cappuccino, it's hard to tell which sentence is appropriate.

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    My first reaction is that this judge was making an example of this man.
    The prudent side of me thinks it's not really a fair decision to make one man an example for thousands. The side of me that seeks justice for all children says we need this so that this degradation and abuse of children will stop! The sensible side of me says, it's a sickness and no matter the punishment, these deviants will continue to find a way. Sigh...
    It's just MOO. I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time and it surely won't be the last!

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



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    The practical side of me says throw all rapists, child abusers, and porn watchers in jail for life - why differentiate?



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