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thompson princesses
03-20-2006, 03:52 PM
I saw this on Rccl message boards. This is why I am careful about sign out priveledges. You just never know who you are cruising with! :confused3




http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBYO5T80LE.html

Cruise Passenger Arrested On Child-Porn Charges

Published: Mar 20, 2006



TAMPA - A cruise had an unexpected ending for one passenger after a U.S. Customs inspector found child pornography on the man's laptop computer.

Clay W. Long, 45, of Ponte Verde Beach, stepped off the Legend of the Seas cruise ship about noon Saturday at the Port of Tampa, after a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico and the Cayman Islands.

A customs inspector asked to look through files on Long's laptop computer, according to an arrest report. There, the inspector found a file labeled "Dell Hard Drive Backup," which contained pictures of children in sexual poses.

Long was arrested on one count of possessing child pornography. He was released from the Orient Road Jail on Sunday after posting $2,000 bail. He could not be reached for comment.
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clovely
03-20-2006, 04:00 PM
Wonder what made them want to look at the laptop? I wonder if they'd been investigating already and when he took his laptop through Customs it was just their opportunity??

$2,000 bond? When are we going to get serious about this??

hccb
03-20-2006, 06:53 PM
I was thinking the same thing? Sounds like they were trolling for him on purpose. It seems unlikely that any customs agent would ask to power up a laptop and open a hardrive file-especially if the file name wasn't innocuous.

But all that to-do for 2K? Sounds like barely a slap on the wrist. More like Evil-Eye with a Stern Chin and Hand on Hips.

At the same time, though, I can't live my life in the fear of what might happen. I can only live, and teach my children the same, that we only have right now. As well as teaching the importance of being aware of their surroundings, what is safe and not-safe, what we as a family agree to as right and wrong.

We just had a discussion in the truck today, as a matter of fact, about listening to when your intuition tells you that something isn't right. That funny, unsure, unsafe feeling. To always listen to it and remove yourself from that situation immediately and that you don't owe any adult any obligation of politeness, decorum, or excuse if you don't feel safe.

Beyond that we must trust what will be will be no matter how fearful or unfearful we are. If we've taken measures, for some of us that's not allowing sign-out privelages on board, to protect and educate, then the rest is up to -life- to put on our path for good, bad or otherwise.

In this man's instance, I hope that he has done nothing else besides download pictures. That there isn't anything more dangerous and or "evil" for the authorities to uncover. I hope he finds counseling and finds a way to heal that part of himself that is obviously not well. I hope he feels bad for what he's done and chooses not to go down that, or any other, harmful path.

I also hope that the authorities don't just continue to focus on the downloaders. But make a concerted effort to find out the people that created the images and violated the children to begin with.

clovely
03-20-2006, 10:06 PM
I was thinking the same thing? Sounds like they were trolling for him on purpose. It seems unlikely that any customs agent would ask to power up a laptop and open a hardrive file-especially if the file name wasn't innocuous.

But all that to-do for 2K? Sounds like barely a slap on the wrist. More like Evil-Eye with a Stern Chin and Hand on Hips.

At the same time, though, I can't live my life in the fear of what might happen. I can only live, and teach my children the same, that we only have right now. As well as teaching the importance of being aware of their surroundings, what is safe and not-safe, what we as a family agree to as right and wrong.

We just had a discussion in the truck today, as a matter of fact, about listening to when your intuition tells you that something isn't right. That funny, unsure, unsafe feeling. To always listen to it and remove yourself from that situation immediately and that you don't owe any adult any obligation of politeness, decorum, or excuse if you don't feel safe.

Beyond that we must trust what will be will be no matter how fearful or unfearful we are. If we've taken measures, for some of us that's not allowing sign-out privelages on board, to protect and educate, then the rest is up to -life- to put on our path for good, bad or otherwise.

In this man's instance, I hope that he has done nothing else besides download pictures. That there isn't anything more dangerous and or "evil" for the authorities to uncover. I hope he finds counseling and finds a way to heal that part of himself that is obviously not well. I hope he feels bad for what he's done and chooses not to go down that, or any other, harmful path.

I also hope that the authorities don't just continue to focus on the downloaders. But make a concerted effort to find out the people that created the images and violated the children to begin with.

You're right, it's not something you can walk around terrified of - bad guys. But you just can't be silly, either. Reality is it's not the stranger that we need to teach our kids to worry about. Dh and I have had this hit very very close to home, where we would literally have least suspected. That'll rock your world and put things in a very different perspective.

hccb
03-21-2006, 01:09 AM
I agree. It's almost always not the ones we don't know. I know that too well too.

I was molested by my grandfather from a very early age. Even at 3 I knew it was something I didn't like or want to happen and I would cry for my mommy. He would do this with me and my twin at the same time. I blocked it out for many years. It was my sister that brought it up and brought it to the for ground. And guess what, it was discovered he had done this to several other girls in their neighborhood! And guess what else, he got his due. He was killed in a very gruesome car accident. Not that I wished that on him, my Mother raised me better than that. I was able to grow past the shame and embarrassment very quickly. But at the same time what goes around comes around, I believe that.

Yes, I could live paralyzed by that hurt. Yes, I could live in fear for my children. And yes, I could pass on and project all of that onto my children. But I don't. On any of those counts. Because most often life is good, and bad things do happen occassionaly. So I choose to instill them with confidence in their own intelligence. In their ability to know proper respect for their elders but at the same time remain grounded in their autonomy, independence and intelligence.


So will my son have sign-out privilages? I'm not sure yet. But my decision will be based on my confidence in his maturity level at that point in time. If he's been on a roll of making good decisions and showing me he's trustworthy, then Yes, I'll grant him the ability to check out. But if I choose not to, it won't be because I'm afraid of someone harming him. If that should ever happen, we'll deal with that when we come to it.

But I don't think this thread is really about rehashing the sign-in/out issue. I think it's about confronting our fears and demons. And realizing the world ain't pretty, always. And hoping that the better nature of humans will continue to show itself in more numerous and abundant and prosperous ways. That there will be a time that we can look at each other and agree that growing and becoming ever more enlightened was worth the pain and heartache while the pendulum was still in motion over "there" where bad seemingly outweighed the good.

The pendulum always comes back though! In it's quest to find the middle. Hoepfully we'll get closer to the middle in our children's time. Middle equalling balance and contentment.

Sounds good to me.

Thanks for making this thread, I guess I needed to talk through this! Didn't realize it....

ivanova
03-21-2006, 02:20 AM
our residential area was on Dateline NBC not too long ago ... 50 pervs arrested as part of a Perverted Justice sting ... scary ... but glad they've at least arrested 50 of 'em (all out on bail until trial of course) ... one was (emphasis on WAS) a high school teacher (fired after his arrest).

We've talked at length with our DD (soon to be 16) about strangers and not-so-strangers. Like they recently said on Criminal Minds, "Stranger Danger" was probably the worst campaign focused at kids.

Days after DD turned 7 we had a 12 year old boy abducted from our small community ... unfortunately he was found dead a couple of weeks later ... so we've had to warn DD that it could be a true stranger, but it also could be that "really nice teacher" or other adult that pays attention to you (and we all know how teenage girls can have their heads turned by a bit of attention).

BuzzBoyMom
03-21-2006, 06:15 AM
So let's give our kids a hug....and then make sure they understand about being careful.