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Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 7:38 p.m. MDT

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Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

Imposing a huge restitution judgment like this is an exercise in futility. It's going to be twelve years or more before he gets out of prison, and most sex offenders are lucky to find a job paying minimum wage when they are released. At most, it'll provide an excuse to lock him back up again when he can't pay the $200 a month.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But, Eliyahu, maybe it will help send an important message.

On the other hand, I know a couple of middle school counselors who are convinced -- based upon conversations with students (informal, because Utah teachers risk trouble if they discuss things like this with students) -- that nearly 100% of 8th grade boys have viewed porn at least once on computers. They believe that a very high percentage are in serious danger of becoming hooked on porn.

Yet we are afraid to try to do anything about it. "First Amendment" cry the conservatives. And so pornographers remain free to peddle their garbage to anyone who can get past parental controls -- or who have parents who are unaware.

Those kids are being molested. Not physically perhaps, but molested just the same by anonymous molesters who prey upon others while hiding behind our Constitution.

When will we wake up?

zoar63
Mesa, AZ

@one old man

"Yet we are afraid to try to do anything about it. "First Amendment" cry the conservatives. And so pornographers remain free to peddle their garbage to anyone who can get past parental controls -- or who have parents who are unaware.

Those kids are being molested. Not physically perhaps, but molested just the same by anonymous molesters who prey upon others while hiding behind our Constitution."

I am a conservative and I have never believed pornography should enjoy constitutional protections. What free speech is porn promoting, artistic, political, social? We all know that prostitution is when a customer pays another party male of female to engage in sex acts. So technically isn’t the porn industry supporting prostitution since they pay the actors to perform sex on behalf of an audience that will pay to see these movies. The audience you might say are the customers who participate vicariously. Porn industry= pimps porn actors =prostituties and viewing audience= the paying customer.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@one old man

Don't know a single conservative who believes porn should be protected speech.

Do know many liberals who believe porn is protected speech. Just read the comment to every article related to porn or sexually graphic art

I think you are barking up the wrong tree.

That said, how does money give restitution? Money does not undo such things. If one created the porn they may have a good argument. But just viewing something I am inclined to say no.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@one old man

I do not know single conservative that believes porn should be protected speech.

I do many liberals that believe porn should be protected speech. Just read the comments to every article about porn or sexually graphic or sexually suggestive art or artists. (most recent miley cyrus)

The people in this article make a very compelling argument for restitution.

mossbound
arnold, MD

The sad thing is, he & his family have no money to reimburse anyone, the newest thing they own is a 2003 car, everything else has gone to pay lawyer's fees. Yes, he's learned a lesson from it but he glanced at child pornography as so many do, out of curiosity, at a time when his situation was somewhat stressful. He has been married 25 years to a woman he loves dearly & who--along with her parents & his sons & entire family--have been completely supportive of him through the 4 years+ that the case has dragged on. He was an outstanding soldier, an excellent worker, a deeply respected man, whose life has now been destroyed by the prosecution, one of whose team members leeringly told Michael's wife that he had seen naked pictures of HER on the computer. Professional? Not by my understanding of professional behavior. And 12 years just for observing--not selling, not intentionally sharing--internet sites.

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