'Accidental' Download Sending Man To Prison

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'Accidental' Download Sending Man To Prison - cbs13.com

A local man is likely to go to prison for years after he says he accidentally downloaded child pornography onto his computer.

Matthew White, 22, said he was surfing for pornography two years ago on Limewire -- a fire sharing application that allows users to trade music, movies, games and pictures -- when he discovered that some of the files he had downloaded were images of children.

Matt claims he quickly erased the files.

"It didn't appeal to me," he said. "I was looking for women my age, so I just wanted to download 'College Girls Gone Wild' and accidentally downloaded underage pornography."

About a year later, FBI agents showed up at his family's home. The family agreed to let agents examine the computer, and at first, they couldn't find anything.

Investigators later were able to recover the deleted images from deep within the hard drive.

"I asked them, 'Where did you get that? I don't remember that.' I asked them, 'Could I access that if I wanted to?'" Matt said. "They said no."

Facing 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography, Matt is pleading guilty on the advice of his public defender in hopes of getting a three and a half year sentence. He will also serve 10 years probation and have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Matt's father says other parents need to be warned about the consequences of stumbling across illicit material.

"One day, you're going to get a knock on the door and have your child taken away for many years," he said.

Matt's court date has been moved to January 8th due to paperwork issues, according to reports.

The FBI could not comment on this specific case, but said if child pornography is ever downloaded accidentally, the user needs to call authorities immediately. They may confiscate your computer, but it's better than the alternative.


Internet searches reveal a large number of complaints from people who say they've accidentally downloaded child pornography through Limewire.
 
#2
Thats actually pretty interesting, it's a shame that if you don't immediate report something you're immediately libel for what happens. A good lesson to learn for everyone, be it child pornography or anything on the internet.

However, I really don't think he should be going to jail. Frankly they should be able to see the date accessed/downloaded and then see the date deleted. If it was deleted within a reasonable time, and it's a first occurance I think it's safe to say it was an accident...but the law is the law oh well.
 

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Assuming he's telling the truth, I think this is pretty ridiculous. He deleted the images and apparently couldn't access them if he wanted to, so I don't even see what the problem is. It is a victimless crime, and basically he is the victim and they're throwing him in prison and fucking up the rest of his life. They should be going after the people distributing the child pornography, not the people who are downloading it.
 

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During my high school days where using Limewire was something of a standard, I actually have nearly had this same problem happen to me. It's quite sick but I can tell you with first hand knowledge that the bastards that share this stuff purposefully mislabel their files so they go undetected. Same goes with anime stuff. A friend of mine thought he was getting something like a Dragon Ball Z music video and it turned out to be some hardcore hentai (animated porn).

I think as long as they can show that his story checks out, he should be let off the hook.

And obviously, if you're one of the few people that actually uses Limewire, get that shit off now. Child pornography is one of only a thousand different security concerns floating around that piece of garbage program.
 

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oh c'mon. this is exaggerated. it could happen to all of us to accidentally download prohibited material, does it mean we have to go to jail for that?
Sometimes FBI goes overboard.
plus i could see child pornography all day as long as i don't got outside and commit any crime related to this issue.
if he's telling the truth (which is likely to be so) then i feel really sorry for him.
it's disappointing if FBI is satisfied with a few proofs which actually send them in a wrong direction.
 

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plus i could see child pornography all day as long as i don't got outside and commit any crime related to this issue.
Clearly you are unaware as to how the internet works. One of the ways these child pornographers are caught is through bugging pornographic files. It's not common, but it happens. You'd be surprised at what the US law enforcement system is allowed to do.
 

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Clearly you are unaware as to how the internet works. One of the ways these child pornographers are caught is through bugging pornographic files. It's not common, but it happens. You'd be surprised at what the US law enforcement system is allowed to do.
well here in Albania we have no laws at all about internet, illegality of downloading, internet pornography and people are free to do what the heck they want and not give a damn about anything.
there may be some internet laws here and there but no one takes notice of them.
[that's not a good thing though] so that's why it didn't surprise me what he did and it surprises me what FBI did.
strange ...but yeah.
 

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So its this guys fault he accidentally downloaded something that somebody else masked as being something else?

Can someone explain that to me? The authorities are being ridiculous about this...they are ruining someones life that doesn't deserve to be ruined.

Hey, here's a thought. Go after actual criminals and stop fucking wasting our time. Thanks.
 

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So its this guys fault he accidentally downloaded something that somebody else masked as being something else?

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yes. he downloaded something that he thought it was what he was looking for, but actually when he opened the file he was it was child-porn.
so the file had a false name.
 

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yes. he downloaded something that he thought it was what he was looking for, but actually when he opened the file he was it was child-porn.
so the file had a false name.
Exactly...that's what I'm saying! So how is that his fault? He didn't keep the picture/video and jack off to it or anything. He deleted it right away and had forgotten all about it when he was questioned.