MI - YouTube Prank Has Singer Facing Prison

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by eileenhawkeye, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    http://www.newser.com/story/112320/...buse-for-youtube-prank-over-raunchy-song.html

    This is so stupid. Who cares? To give him 20 years, or any jail time at all, for this is ridiculous and it takes away from what real child sex abuse really is. The sad thing is that someone who rapes a child won't even get 20 years. On an HLN video, it said on the side, "Child porn?" Yeah, it's totally the same thing. -_- The hilarious thing is I bet all of those kids listen to popular music today that is filled with sexual innuendos.
     
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    T-Rex New Member

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    It's not cool to do it without the parents' permission. But SNL and The Chapelle Show have done stuff like this before.
     
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    Amen. I think it's fine to pull the video since the children didn't know what sort of video they were making, but do we really need to support this guy in prison? Come on!
     
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    flourish Well-Known Member

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    IMO, the main issue here is the lack of parental permission. I work at a school, and we are required to have parental permission before any photographs or video of the children are provided to anyone besides the school and the parents (news stations, even thank you cards for community volunteers/businesses that donate items to our school).

    Personally, I have a crazy, mean, homicidal ex out there, and I don't allow me or my child to be photographed for anything except family events. You never know when a non-custodial parent will view their child on some sort of media and use it to stalk said child and the custodial parent/foster parents, etc.

    ETA: Prison? Let's keep that open for violent offenders...this guy probably just needs a talking-to and a strong admonishment. IMO
     
  6. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    If my kids face was in that video I'd talk with him.

    20 years? Naw. Jail time? Naw. A foot up his bupkiss maybe.

    Too many freaks out there who may misinterpret that. JMO
     
  7. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    The parents did give permission for their kids to be in the video. He came to the school, sang a kids' song to the class, and then edited it with a inappropriate song. It wasn't secretly videotaped.
     
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    marauder Inactive

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    Prosecutor abuse of authority taken to an extreme. An act far more damaging to society than the one the kid is accused of. What a truly hateful and angry little man he must be.
     
  9. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    I would love to know how much jail time, actual child molesters/rapists, have gotten in that county.
     
  10. flourish

    flourish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I must have misread (that's what I get for posting at work while trying to pretend I'm working:))

    In any case, the permission was for the video they thought it was going to be, not the one that it ended up being, so their original permission was null and void once the video was edited, yeah?
    People can be so creepy! Call me overprotective but I'd just rather not ever give permission for my child's image to be reproduced unless I knew the person taking the images and/or had a professional contract, etc.
     
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    Flutterby80 New Member

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    Wow. Another newsmaker from my county this week. Muskegon County Prosecuters enjoy charging people with as many inane crimes as possible in order that when it's time to plea, the prosecuter's office loses nothing really. No, I have never been in trouble with the law but know plenty of people who have. A family member of mine, while in high school, was the look-out while his friend stole a vcr from the high school media room. They were both charged with stealing the vcr AND the box it came in seperately. When it came time to plead, the prosecuter offered to drop the charge on the box. See what I'm getting at? They are overzealous with some things, yet the "real crime" has gotten worse here by leaps and bounds. Shootings and beatings in the news every week last summer. So I'm not suprised that they are charging him. They will allow him to plead down, therefore maintaining their stellar prosecution record (since hardly anyone goes to trial here, they almost never lose a trial) while getting thousands of dollars of probation fees and court costs from him.
     
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    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    what lyrics did he dub in?
     
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    mommy23 There is no original thought....

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    I told a friend about this today.... Her preteen DD was abused by her own father, and he got 5 years.... She was P*ssed that this had the potential of getting more time... She said she wished that was all she had to fight for, her childs face in an edited video:(

    It was wrong, but I think a good scaring, maybe some community service etc... Would suffice just fine for this.
     
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    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Wow! We sure do love to lock up people in this country!

    So now bad taste is illegal. Better build a lot more prisons.
     
  17. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    What Evan did was so stupid, but 60 days in jail is excessive. Evan got permission to sing a kid-friendly song to a 1st grade school and all the parents gave him permission to film his performance. Then, on his own, he went and dubbed over the song with a raunchy song, and put it on YT.

    You keep seeing the footage on TV because you made a huge deal about it, so it became a big local story. Evan gained "fame" thanks to your help. Get the video deleted from the Internet, and it's all done with it.
     
  18. Dave AHFB

    Dave AHFB Guest

    If it were only that simple.
     
  19. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    According to a comment on the article, the video was deleted from YouTube as soon as someone complained about it. This isn't some video that went viral and had 50 million views before it was deleted. Once the parents informed the local media of the story, they were the ones who saved the video and showed it over and over.
     
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    Exactly. It is the parents complaining and going to the media that victimized the children. Before that nobody knew who or where these kids were at. Now everybody that has seen or is able to see the video will know who and where the kids are at.

    This is something that should have been handled civilly with a cease and desist order and maybe a monetary settlement for damages. This criminal case against him was just completely wrong and it is a shame that he felt that he had to take a plea.
     
  21. flourish

    flourish Well-Known Member

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    There's already a thread on this:

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128958"]YouTube Prank Has Singer Facing Prison - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]

    I've contacted a mod asking for the threads to be combined:)
     

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