Sunday, September 20, 2009

AZ - Couple Sues Wal-Mart for Calling Cops Over Bath Time Photos

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This is what mass hysteria and moral panics do to people, they lose all common sense.  How many people in this world, have photos of their kids, naked at bath time?  If you have some, you better burn them, or this may be you next!

09/20/2009

By DAN PRZYGODA

Children Were Taken Into Protective Custody Over Pictures Taken at Bath Time

For Lisa Demaree and her husband A.J., it was the hardest time of their lives. It all began a year ago, when the Demarees dropped off some digital photos to be printed at their local Wal-Mart in Peoria, Ariz.

"It was a nightmare, it was unbelievable. I was in so much disbelief. I started to hyperventilate. I tried to breathe it out," Lisa Demaree said, struggling through tears.

Among the batch of 144 family photos, the developer spotted eight photos that shocked her and she turned them over to police.

According to the police report, photos were of the children in provocative positions, with their genitals exposed.

"Some of the photos are bath time photos," Lisa said, "but there are a few after the bath. Three of the girls are naked, laying on a towel with their arms around each other, and we thought it was so cute."

Investigators went to the Demaree home to question them and search their residence.

A.J. Demaree said he could understand why the police were there, but he said the pictures were innocuous snapshots of his kids goofing around, and some of them involved the children being naked.

ABC News was able to obtain access to four of the photos. There are still nine other photographs which were not released because the Demarees' lawyer said that the photos were intended for private home use and showing them to outside parties would violate the law for distribution of child pornography.

"We have told our girls that they have freedom to be in their home and feel OK about their bodies and their nudity, but that there is a time and a place for it," Lisa said.

Police seized numerous videotapes and the Demarees' computers and found more photos and videos of the children frolicking without clothes.

"Our family is very open and comfortable. We don't want our children to feel inhibited in their own house," A.J. Demaree said. "If they want to run around in their underwear, if they want to go run and grab an old Halloween costume and throw that on and run around the house, or if they want to run around the house naked and play around, that's what we encourage."

Children Taken Away Over Controversial Bath Time Photos

The police and Child Protective Services saw it very differently.

The three children, ages 1½, 4 and 5 at the time the pictures were taken, were removed from the home and placed into the care of Child Protective Services.

It would be a month before A.J. and Lisa could regain custody of them.

A medical exam of the children revealed no signs of sexual abuse, and a judge ruled that the photos were in fact harmless.

ABC News legal expert Dana Cole says that in cases of child pornography authorities need to prove sexual intent on the part of the parents, and that after the judge reviewed the case and the Demarees underwent psychological evaluation, it was determined that there was no such intent.

From the Demarees perspective, the damage was already done.

"We went on a central registry of sex offenders. Our names went on that registry," Lisa said.

Lisa, who works at a school, was suspended from her job for a year while the investigation was under way, and the couple spent $75,000 on legal bills. The Demarees have sued the city of Peoria and the State Attorney General's office for defamation and Wal-Mart for failing to tell them that they had an "unsuitable print policy" and could turn over photos to law enforcement without their knowledge.

Police and prosecutors insist they did what they thought was appropriate.

"It took us a long time to take a picture," Lisa said. "I even worry about them in their bathing suits now, if I get a shot of them in their bathing suits and they're tilting their heads a certain way or their hips are sticking out a little bit, all I think of is 'Does someone think that it was posed? Or how is that going to be perceived?'"

Wal-Mart says that these are sensitive allegations, and they are taking the matter very seriously.

Steve Meissner, a spokesman for Child Protective Services, released a statement saying, "When a police agency calls us on a matter, we have an obligation to act on that matter. If we refused, the community would be very unhappy with us."

The city of Peoria also states that it stands behind the appropriate actions of their officers.

"Honestly we've missed a year of our children's lives as far as our memories go," Lisa Demaree said, "As crazy as it may seem, what you may think are the most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted."

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The "average" sex offender has between 100 to 400 victims in their lifetime? I say it's a load of BS!

I have heard over the years many people quote this "statistic," but nobody can point me to the actual study, because I don't think it exists.

Recently on Larry King, Dr. Phil was taking over since Larry is out. And he once again cited this "statistic!" I have emailed him several times about showing me the actual study, and as expected, no reply!

Here is his exact quote from this transcript.

MCGRAW: The question on everybody's mind is Philip Garrido involved in some of the other disappearances that we've been talking about tonight. Dan Simon, you've been in Antioch. You've been all over this. Experts that follow these things with pedophiles and sexual offenders tell us that the average sexual offender can have anywhere from 100 to 400 victims throughout their lifetime. So the fact that Philip Garrido has been tied to one that we know of and a violent rape before leaves an awful lot of concern that there are other victims out there. What does law enforcement think about this?

And the number of sex offenders in the US, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:


is around 686,515 thousand, so that would be:

686,515 * 100 victims = 68,651,500 million victims
686,515 * 400 victims = 274,606,000 million victims

Which is close to the US population, which is 304,059,724 million from Google.

And 307,458,000 million from Wikipedia and the US Census Bureau:


If this were true, we'd be head deep in victims, and in a year or two, every US citizen will be a sexual assault victim. So yeah, I think it's a load of BS, some "out of thin air" number someone created!

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