Langham guilty of child porn charge
“I will also be looking at punishment and deterrence.”
Actor Chris Langham has been found guilty of downloading child porn. The 58-year-old star claimed he was researching a television drama and said he also wanted to make sense of the sexual abuse he suffered as a ... via Guardian Unlimited
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#1 Aug 9, 2007
check out what this reporters has to say about a guy getting more time for watching child porn than a teacher got for having sex with a student.
"Voyeurs are worse than molesters?"
#2 Aug 31, 2007
I am totally confused by this whole issue in the UK. Going by the high number of such court cases it would appear the UK over any other country has a huge problem with kiddie porn / sex. Does the country have a higher than average number of paedophiles in its midst? And apart from these investigations why isn't someone addressing the root cause - why this sickness is apparently at such a high level in British society? We might also ask why so many cases involve people from the entertainment industries. Maybe the police think celeb cases have a greater deterrent effect but who knows. Then there are the strange anomalies in the way the law is applied. Police acknowledged that Pete Townshend had not downloaded any kiddie porn. So if he was innocent how did he come to accept a caution and end up on the sex offenders register? His reasoning was that he was researching a book - which I believe has still not been published. Mr Townshend is a free man and seems to continue working untainted by this escapade. In contrast we see Chris Langham who also used research as a defence sitting in a prison cell and facing a dismal future. Of-course Mr Langham was actually caught with images on his computer while Mr Townshend wasn't though he did accept a caution which is an admission of guilt.
And if we are to face up to these crimes being a sickness and we really want to do something about it, why aren't special units set up to treat these people rather than simply send them to prison? Of-course it would still have to be seen as custodial and not an easy option.
However, if the problem is as big as it would seem in society then we really should also be addressing the causes and seeking cures so these crimes don't happen in the first place.
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