In 1999, former Concord resident Kenneth Eudy was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child and forced to register as a sex offender as part of his sentence. After leaving Concord, Eudy failed to re-register in his new home of Myrtle Beach and is now facing up to a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison.
A university student admitted to hiding his Iphone in the bathroom at his school in order to record women undressing. He then uploaded the videos he collected to a pornography website. A friend of one of the students who became an unintentional actor in one of the videos recognized and alerted her that she was being featured in internet pornography, triggering the investigation that led to the student filmmaker.
It's a bad idea to download child pornography. It's an even worse idea to download child porn at work. Possibly worst of all ideas is to download pornography while at work on a military base. A former civilian fireman aboard Camp LeJeune was sentenced to nine years in federal prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for doing just that.
It's called Reveton ransomware. It's a computer virus that is popping up on computers across the country after it 'detects' that you have been searching for child pornography or trying to download copyrighted material. Onscreen instructions tell the user to send a fine to an email address that looks suspiciously official, but does not actually belong to the FBI, to stay out of trouble and unlock their computer.
Last year, approximately 12 instructors at an airbase in San Antonio were accused of sexually assaulting recruits in Texas. This year, a local Marine recruiter in the Charlotte suburbs is accused of similar criminal activity. Sergeant Derek Percival has been charged with second degree rape, sexual battery, communicating threats and involuntary servitude related to the accusations of two female recruits.
Recently, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was unconstitutional to ban registered sex offenders from using social media. The law that the court considered was an Indiana state law not unlike North Carolina's own prohibition against the use of sites like Facebook or Twitter by convicted sex offenders.
This story seems to fit fairly well with our theme of the power of a sex offense allegation: before a conviction, even before criminal charges are filed, a person accused of committing a sex offense is facing an uphill battle. The consequences of a sex offense allegation often seem just as bad as the consequences of a conviction, despite the two being worlds apart, at least in the world of criminal defense.
Seven years ago, the man behind beloved Sesame Street character Elmo had an inappropriate relationship with a sixteen-year-old boy, at least according to the now 23-year-old man making the accusations. Kevin Clash, Elmo puppeteer, has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street to deal with the fallout of what he considers to be meritless sex offense allegations.
Brigadier General Jeffery A. Sinclair was in Afghanistan earlier this year in support of the 82nd Airborne Division. Now he is back at Fort Bragg, awaiting an Article 32 hearing on charges of sex offenses, including forcible sodomy, engaging in inappropriate relationships and possession of pornography while deployed, among other crimes.
Allegations of child pornography and rumors of sexual abuse of a child have led to the arrest of a Wake County emergency responder. Forty-one-year-old Scott Shields has been charged with two counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and is being held on $25,000 bail in Wake County.