Man Charged With Texting Sexual Photos

Man Charged With Texting Sexual Photos

There are 266 comments on the WSMV-TV 4 News story from Mar 19, 2009, titled Man Charged With Texting Sexual Photos. In it, WSMV-TV 4 News reports that:

A man is facing charges for using text messages to prey on a child. A Putnam County grand jury has indicted Daniel Birdwell of Lafayette for sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Glenda

Westmoreland, TN

#1 Mar 20, 2009
I think everyone should be aware that Mr. Birdwell and the girl who was a minor, met on My Space. The age of the young lady was not known to Mr. Birdwell at the time. He is 21 years of age therefore the minor child should have never been allowed to enter his My Space page. As the entry age is 18 years and older. I am not sure how she had a My Space page at age 11 years old. Mr. Birdwell was not aware of the young girls age when she contacted him. No young man/woman should ever text any explicit photos to anyone. As no minor child should ever be allowed to enter an adults My Space page or any other adult website. To all young girls, please don't falsify your age to enter an adults website. This is a very serious matter.
Blind

Franklin, TN

#2 Mar 21, 2009
So he couldn't tell by looking at this childs my space profile that she was 11 years old? Yeah right. How many 11 year olds do you know who look like adults?
guest

Columbia, SC

#3 Mar 21, 2009
He got the phone number from her, I'm sure....SHE knew she was 11 and should never have given it out to ANYONE! SHE knew his age...HE didn't know hers....THAT'S THE KICK BACK!!
guest

Columbia, SC

#4 Mar 21, 2009
Blind wrote:
So he couldn't tell by looking at this childs my space profile that she was 11 years old? Yeah right. How many 11 year olds do you know who look like adults?
Alot of "kids" us false pics and info to bypass the "rules and regulations."
yeah

Livingston, TN

#5 Mar 21, 2009
well first of all It doesn't matter who did or did what. He sent her pictures and that shouldn't have happen. I mean why would adults even want to send pictures like that to each other? I don't know either of them.But He should have had more sense than to send pictures like that. Thats just wrong. So maybe they both have learned a lesson.Only him and her know what happen.
Donna

Cookeville, TN

#6 Mar 21, 2009
The little girl is 11. Don't blame her. Kids are immature and often don't realize the extent of the danger even though they may know they shouldn't do something. If they were equipped to make those judgements they wouldn't need parents. Do not treat a kid like an adult or expect adult decision making. Do not ever blame a child. It is the man's fault all they way. He knew her age when he sent the pictures. The little girl didn't misrepresent herself. If she did, so what? What idiot would send pics like that to a stranger....oh please don't answer that. There are lots of perverts out there.
Donna

Cookeville, TN

#7 Mar 21, 2009
Glenda wrote:
I think everyone should be aware that Mr. Birdwell and the girl who was a minor, met on My Space. The age of the young lady was not known to Mr. Birdwell at the time. He is 21 years of age therefore the minor child should have never been allowed to enter his My Space page. As the entry age is 18 years and older. I am not sure how she had a My Space page at age 11 years old. Mr. Birdwell was not aware of the young girls age when she contacted him. No young man/woman should ever text any explicit photos to anyone. As no minor child should ever be allowed to enter an adults My Space page or any other adult website. To all young girls, please don't falsify your age to enter an adults website. This is a very serious matter.
You teach your kids but you aren't with them 100% of the time. She should have never been allowed to enter his page? Of course not but the very serious matter is the pedofiles out there who take advantage of 11 year old girls. My kids have to give me their passwords and I check the privacy settings. They are not allowed to talk to anyone not on their friends list. I have set the ground rules and I keep check but I am not with them when they sleep over at a friends house. The little girl showed her mother which was responsible of her. Don't blame the child. The 21 year old gets 100 percent of the blame. He is a pervert. The little girl is not, she is just a little girl mistreated by a perv.

Since: Jan 07

Jamestown, TN

#8 Mar 23, 2009
Kids know what the hell they are doing. I sure as heck did at 11.
Donna

Cookeville, TN

#9 Mar 23, 2009
The Librarian wrote:
Kids know what the hell they are doing. I sure as heck did at 11.
NO YOU DIDN'T!! You knew right from wrong and you knew if you did something you shouldn't do but no 11 year understands the extent of the dangers. They are not savvy enough and no match for an adult pervert. I can remember doing things as a kid even at 3-4 yrs old that I didn't realize the extent of the consequences. Then when in trouble it clicked and I immediately realized. At 11 yrs. old they get it but NO WAY was this little girl looking for sex or an affair or she wouldn't have told her mother. NO WAY was she looking for a pervert. It was more of an "OH CRAP!" so she told her mother because she knew what he was doing was wrong and I guarantee you it "clicked" and she gets the danger much more now. Unless this happens to them it just doesn't seem real to kids.

Since: Jan 07

Jamestown, TN

#10 Mar 23, 2009
Donna wrote:
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NO YOU DIDN'T!! You knew right from wrong and you knew if you did something you shouldn't do but no 11 year understands the extent of the dangers. They are not savvy enough and no match for an adult pervert. I can remember doing things as a kid even at 3-4 yrs old that I didn't realize the extent of the consequences. Then when in trouble it clicked and I immediately realized. At 11 yrs. old they get it but NO WAY was this little girl looking for sex or an affair or she wouldn't have told her mother. NO WAY was she looking for a pervert. It was more of an "OH CRAP!" so she told her mother because she knew what he was doing was wrong and I guarantee you it "clicked" and she gets the danger much more now. Unless this happens to them it just doesn't seem real to kids.
To kids who have never actually thought about things..yes..they have no idea...but to kids who realize that the world has consequences...they know what is going on.

But I will admit, any guy who sends a naked picture of himself WITHOUT asking the recipient if they wish to see it...it's a complete idiot.
cut it off

Livingston, TN

#11 Mar 24, 2009
The Librarian wrote:
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To kids who have never actually thought about things..yes..they have no idea...but to kids who realize that the world has consequences...they know what is going on.
But I will admit, any guy who sends a naked picture of himself WITHOUT asking the recipient if they wish to see it...it's a complete idiot.
Lots of men are perverts they love to display what they have why I don't know but it happens a lot. On dateline there were doctors lawyers police teachers all kinds. You just never know. Most people have family that are pervs.
Donna

Cookeville, TN

#12 Mar 24, 2009
The Librarian wrote:
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To kids who have never actually thought about things..yes..they have no idea...but to kids who realize that the world has consequences...they know what is going on.
But I will admit, any guy who sends a naked picture of himself WITHOUT asking the recipient if they wish to see it...it's a complete idiot.
Agreed! and to any adult who send pictures to a child whether they want to see them or not - he should be shot in my opinion. According to what I've read, there are no real "cures" for pedophiles. They are a danger to society forever.
Donna

Cookeville, TN

#13 Mar 24, 2009
cut it off wrote:
<quoted text>Lots of men are perverts they love to display what they have why I don't know but it happens a lot. On dateline there were doctors lawyers police teachers all kinds. You just never know. Most people have family that are pervs.
Most men who "flash" are no real physical danger. They are too scared to rape and not turned on by that. They flash because they are turned on by clothed women. Most men are more turned on by naked women which is normal. These men aren't normal and clothed women are "safe" to them - they don't have to perform sexually and be intimate. Most flashers aren't caught until they flash a teenage girl that they mistake for older. The teenagers will scream and report it. Older women often just roll their eyes and go on. Read it in an abnormal psychology book. I'm not suggesting I know about the subject - that is just what I read.
cut it off

Livingston, TN

#14 Mar 24, 2009
Donna wrote:
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Most men who "flash" are no real physical danger. They are too scared to rape and not turned on by that. They flash because they are turned on by clothed women. Most men are more turned on by naked women which is normal. These men aren't normal and clothed women are "safe" to them - they don't have to perform sexually and be intimate. Most flashers aren't caught until they flash a teenage girl that they mistake for older. The teenagers will scream and report it. Older women often just roll their eyes and go on. Read it in an abnormal psychology book. I'm not suggesting I know about the subject - that is just what I read.
What I meant by display is sending pictures of them selves not flashing.
Outsider

Byrdstown, TN

#15 Mar 24, 2009
Donna wrote:
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Agreed! and to any adult who send pictures to a child whether they want to see them or not - he should be shot in my opinion. According to what I've read, there are no real "cures" for pedophiles. They are a danger to society forever.
What annoys me is the wishiwashiness of how people want to handle this situation.

You say that they can't be "cured". That they're born that way? Like a sexual orientation? Well, then, your best option is to just nail them when they actually harm a child. And nail them hard.

And people say about where they "hear" about where someone can't be cured, but never cite their source. Always heresy. When I get home, I'll do a quick Google search and show you recidivism rates for all different crimes against children and, know what? Even before the laws that were enacted to throw up the unconstitutional sex offense registries, the percentage of re-offending was ridiculously small compared to those of violent offenders, thieves or white collar criminals.

Our society is so messed up in this department. We scream for blood and vengeance that is not ours to have and then whine about violent video games.
Novel Idea

Cookeville, TN

#16 Mar 24, 2009
Where were this child's parents? Why did they not monitor her computer use? There are programs for that. There are ways to know what your children do online. I can assure you I have seen my child's my space page lots of times, and he is now an adult, I still look at it. There are people out there who want to seek young children. I guess it's easier to just let the kid sit at the computer for hours than talk with her and have a real conversation about being safe?
GlendaTirjan RBS

Westmoreland, TN

#17 Mar 24, 2009
Well Donna I guess you must be a relative or friend to the young girl pretending to be of legal age. I am Daniel Birdwell's aunt. I read a couple of your comments. Then decided I wouldn't waste my time. Actually the young girls profile states she is 19 yrs. of age. As a parent of 8 beautiful well rounded adopted children. I know that is my responsibility to make sure they aren't on adult chat sites pretending to be 19 yrs. old. My daughter is going on 13. No mam she does not have a my space page. She is not old enough. Ask Yahoo as 13 year old children aren't allowed on there. Unless of course their age on my space is not actually their true age. AS this is what happened in this case. PLEASE, this same child is still on there pretending she is 19 yrs.old. Where is her parents?
GlendaTirjan RBS

Westmoreland, TN

#18 Mar 24, 2009
WELL SAID!!!!!!!!!! Novel Idea.
Glenda Tirjan

Westmoreland, TN

#19 Mar 24, 2009
Another Fact: There were no pics sent of Daniel himself. Before any one judges in this case. Please wait for all the facts. It will come out. The truth will be known. He is not a perv. But we know opinions, rumors are going to come out. He has alot of support. All who truly know him are standind 100% by his side.
I see

Cookeville, TN

#20 Mar 24, 2009
Glenda Tirjan wrote:
Another Fact: There were no pics sent of Daniel himself. Before any one judges in this case. Please wait for all the facts. It will come out. The truth will be known. He is not a perv. But we know opinions, rumors are going to come out. He has alot of support. All who truly know him are standind 100% by his side.
Then whose penis was it if not Daniels? It must have been small since he had to use a picture of another mans/boys wanger dinger. I would say he is pretty harmless unless you count the person whose penis he took a picture of and sent to a child.

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