16 Year Old Almost Got 90 Yearrs Jail time, Gets Branded as "Sex Offender".

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#1
http://tinyurl.com/ydsr87 Read all 3 pages, his life is ruined, from a mistake!!! Moral of story, use SpamBlocker and dont watch porn
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#2
yes i saw that in 20/20 last thursday and it was pretty creepy what happened to that dude.....but the best story was about the NIGHT LISTENER
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#3
I hate how they always storm in with guns, sometimes I don't think it's really needed, even a baton would do. This kid isn't a seriel killer rapist with chainsaws, and ak-47s. What is he going to do? Set up a MG42 on the stairs?

Edit: I think that's just completely wrong, he is almost a minor himself.

Edit: This sort of thing would make someone commit suicide.
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Could you tell me a shortend version, please?
If I could read it I would but my computer is odd and most links don't work.
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#7
dude, that sucks. but charging him with showing a playboy to his friends? why don't they charge him with being 16?
#8
Now thats ****ed up.
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I hate how they always storm in with guns, sometimes I don't think it's really needed, even a baton would do. This kid isn't a seriel killer rapist with chainsaws, and ak-47s. What is he going to do? Set up a MG42 on the stairs?

Edit: I think that's just completely wrong, he is almost a minor himself.

Edit: This sort of thing would make someone commit suicide.


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Could you tell me a shortend version, please?
If I could read it I would but my computer is odd and most links don't work.



k so this 16 year old dude looks at porn in computer, somehow some bad guy hacked his pc driver and hid a bunch of child porn pics on the 16 year old dude's computer. the cops bust into his house accusing him of having to do somethin with those child porn pics, and is to get 90 yeard of jail....but with the help of a lawyer and some nerd they proved that he was not the one to take those pics or posses them at all
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#11
yeah, that is unfortunate though i'm guessing everyone hasn't read the whole article.

it doesn't make sense that someone charged with showing a playboy to some friends at school should be charged as a sex offender. though that would have been such a scary time for him.
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Awww. I was JUST going to go rub one out. Now I'm too scared
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#13
The guy prosecuting sounds like a complete asshole. Why would you keep pressing charges after numerous professionals say that he isn't lying and isn't a pervert?
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#14
How is he a sex offender if he is also 16? Don't courts think that anyone under 18 is retarded and therefore not responsible for their actions? I'll have to ask my aunt who's a lawyer about this.
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Could you tell me a shortend version, please?
If I could read it I would but my computer is odd and most links don't work.


16 year old has 9 Child Porn pics on his comp, Gets house arrest, gets ten years per photo, exchanges that for a crime of him showing a Playboy to other 16 year olds, gets labeled a Sex Offender, and has to stay away from All minors, so he cant go to school, movies, concerts, Anywhere! Cant even have kids of his own. and he has to daily report his whereabouts. And its ****ed because they think that a Hacker placed the photos on their, not him. They have no proof, other than finding the pics
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Owned. But in all seriousness... That blows. I can't imagine how pissed off I would be if that happened to me.
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Hackers, right....
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but with the help of a lawyer and some nerd they proved that he was not the one to take those pics or posses them at all


WRONG! He still gets charged as a sex offender, for showing a Playboy to other 16 year olds!!! Read the whol article people, many twists and it just gets more ****ed up.
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k so this 16 year old dude looks at porn in computer, somehow some bad guy hacked his pc driver and hid a bunch of child porn pics on the 16 year old dude's computer. the cops bust into his house accusing him of having to do somethin with those child porn pics, and is to get 90 yeard of jail....but with the help of a lawyer and some nerd they proved that he was not the one to take those pics or posses them at all


Not to mention at the end of the article, he was found guilty of another charge and was labeled as a sex offender. He can't go to malls, movie theatres, church, etc or anywhere there is children. When he buys a house later in life, he has to register as a sex offender.

90 years is rediculous. I can go rape 3 women, be found guilty and get less time than that. This kid passed the polygraph, they admitted than anyone could have hacked/been on the computer. Its rediculous. How can he get arrested if hes not 18 anyway. Juvey for 2 years than jail? How does that work?
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#22
I've just finished reading it, and in a few bullet points:

They stormed his house, with a warrant, accused him. The family got a lawyer, Yahoo had identified a 'user' with that had download/uploaded child porn. They did tests on him and he came out with no tendancies towards that. They also said he would go on the sex offender register, though, they got a computer expert to talk about trojans, and backdoors and they found over 200 backdoors on his computer so anyone could of put the child porn on that. They appealed and won (suggested by the judge).

Edit: Damn someone got there first I typed as fast I could too
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i wouldn't be surprised if he really did it. goddamn he's fugly.


AW MAN! I DIDNT WATCH THE VID!!! HES ONE UGLY MOFO!!! HE LOOKS LIKE A PEDO ALREADY AHAHA!!! We'll be seeing more of him in the news when hes older I bet....
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I may as well do something useful:

"We went on vacations and had a lot of fun together," Matthew said. "I just enjoyed the life I was living. But after I was accused, everything changed."

What was Matthew Bandy accused of? Jeannie and Greg Bandy were shocked to discover that their son was charged with possession of child pornography.

One December morning two years ago, Matthew's life took a dramatic turn. In an exclusive interview with "20/20," the Bandy family reveals how the world as they knew it came crumbling down, and how Matthew's life has since changed.

A Family Shattered

It has been two years since police officers stood at the doorstep of the Bandy home with a search warrant bearing a devastating charge — possession of child pornography.

"It was 6 a.m. It was still dark…there was this pounding at the door," Jeannie Bandy said. "I was petrified."

Police officers stormed into the house with guns pointed. "The first thing I thought was, someone's trying to break in our house," Matthew said. "And then there [were] police officers with guns pointed at me, telling me to get downstairs."

Greg Bandy was handed the search warrant and informed that the central suspect was Matthew. According to the warrant, nine images of young girls in suggestive poses were found on the Bandy family computer. Yahoo monitors chat rooms for suspicious content and reported that child porn was uploaded from the computer at the Bandys' home address.

"When they asked me have you ever looked up or uploaded or downloaded erotic images of minors, I was just taken aback and…I said, 'No,'" says Matthew.

Nevertheless, Matthew did have an embarrassing confession. He had been sneaking peaks at adult erotic photos on the family computer. "I got the Web site from a bunch of friends at school. [It was] just adult pornography…Playboy-like images."

Difficult to admit, but not illegal — or so it seemed. Still, it didn't look good for Matt, as police confiscated the computer and left the house that December day. A family was shattered.

"I still remember when they were cleaning up and leaving and of course I was still in my pajamas and my bathrobe and my fuzzy slippers," Jeannie Bandy said. "I said, 'What do we do now? Should I contact a lawyer?' [The police officer] said, 'Well, they are felonies that the state takes very serious.'"

"We faced 10 years per count, there were nine counts," said Novak. "If Matt was convicted, those sentences would have to be served consecutively. In other words, he would have been sentenced to 90 years in prison. He would have served time until he died."

Greg and Jeannie Bandy knew their son well. They were shocked at the serious charges against him and frightened by the prospect of such a serious sentence.

"He's never done any drugs," Greg said. "He never drank a drop of alcohol. He's never been a problem, never stayed out late and gotten into trouble or anything like that."

A Sex Offender?

Arizona child pornography laws are among the harshest in the country. As soon as Matthew was charged, he was put on virtual house arrest, and an electronic bracelet was attached to his ankle to monitor his movements 24 hours a day.

"It was just terrifying. I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know why it was happening," Matthew recalled.

Matthew was in an awful predicament, and he tried to keep his house arrest a secret. He wore longer pants to hide the ankle bracelet, but he was scared he would be discovered.

"Yes, I was very scared," he said. "If they found out that I was wearing an ankle bracelet all of a sudden they would be wondering, why are you wearing that? And I had no good answer for them."

The shy young boy could not explain how such pictures appeared on his computer hard drive. The stress of the situation got so bad for Matthew that he told his parents the charges hanging over his head made high school impossible.

"He said 'Mom, I'm hurting,'" said Jeannie. "'I can't sleep. I don't want to disappoint anybody, but I just can't go on anymore.'"

Matt's dreams had been destroyed and his mother was crushed. And even though there was no proof that Matthew personally downloaded those nine pictures, it would be difficult to prove his innocence. Novak said that the pictures alone were practically all the evidence the police needed.

"I thought his chances of winning were probably 20 percent," said Novak. "They didn't care that I denied it," Matthew said. "They just kept on asking me and kept on thinking that I did it. They just had it built into their mind that this kid is guilty."

What is so frightening about Matt's case? It could happen to anyone.

"The computer had accessed a 'Yahoo' account where there was child pornography," Andrew Thomas, Maricopa County district attorney said. "That was the basis for the search warrants issued by a court."

Yet, the evidence submitted by the Phoenix police department did not identify a specific user. Matt's clean reputation, his good grades and protective family could not stand up to the cold fact that child porn was on that computer. The police and the district attorney had the incriminating photos from the Bandys' computer and the prosecutors were determined to send Matt away.

A Family Fights Back

Matthew Bandy found himself outmatched in the national campaign against child pornography — harsh laws designed to keep track of pedophiles and punish them severely.

"They didn't care that I denied it, they just kept on asking me and kept on thinking that I did it," he said. "They just had it built in their mind that this kid is guilty, and we're going to make sure that he's convicted. No matter what the means are."

The Bandy family contends that Thomas was on a mission and that his desire to convict was so strong that he ignored important evidence — like the fact that Matthew passed a lie detector test. The fact that the test indicated that Matt was telling the truth wasn't taken into account.

And that's when the Bandy family really began to fight back. They hired two polygraph examiners who confirmed Matthew was telling the truth. Then they ordered two psychiatric evaluations which concluded that Matthew had no perverted tendencies.

ABC's Jim Avila asked Thomas about the results of the lie detectors tests and Matt's psychiatric evaluations.

"Quite frankly, criminal defendants are not famous for being forthcoming with the facts," Thomas explained. "I'm not a big believer in polygraph tests. And certainly, they're not admissible in court. At the end of the day, we certainly felt there was a good faith reason to go forward with the prosecution." (Click here to read excerpts of Jim Avila's interview with Thomas.)

Despite the positive polygraphs and psychiatric exams, the district attorney pressed on. So the Bandys and their attorney tackled the most difficult question on the table. If Matthew didn't put the pictures on the computer, how did they get there?

For that answer, they turned to computer forensic expert Tammi Loehrs.

"If you have an Internet connection, high speed, through, let's say, your cable company, or through the phone company, that computer is always on, and basically you have an open doorway to the outside," Loehrs said. "So the home user has no idea who's coming into their computer."

Loehrs went into the Bandys' computer and what she found could frighten any parent — more than 200 infected files, so-called backdoors that allowed hackers to access the family computer from remote locations, no where near Matthew's house.

"They could be on your computer and you'd never know it," she said.

Loehrs says she does not believe that Matthew uploaded those images onto his computer "based on everything I know and everything I've seen on that hard drive."

'We Had No Faith'

Even if he was only convicted on one count, Matthew would have faced 10 years in jail, and have his "life ruined," said Novak.

"We had no faith," said Jeannie Bandy. "Our lawyers had no faith. We were told he more than likely would end up in jail."

So the Bandys took a deal from the prosecution. In exchange for dropping all counts of child pornography, Matthew pleaded guilty to the strange charge of distributing obscene materials to minors — a "Playboy" magazine to his classmates.

"To be precise, he was charged with showing [a Playboy magazine to other 16-year-olds] before school, at lunch and after school," Greg Bandy said.

But the Bandy family nightmare was not over. While the prosecution deal offered no jail time for Matthew, he would still be labeled a sex offender. Under Arizona law and in most states around the country, sex crimes carry with them a life of branding. Matthew would be forced to register as a sex offender everywhere he lived, for the rest of his life.

"I have to stay away from children," said Matthew. "I cannot be around any area where there might be minors, including the mall, or the movies, or restaurants or even church. To go to church I have to have written consent from our priest, I have to sit in a different pew, one that doesn't have a child sitting in it."

'Computers Are Not Safe'

The judge couldn't believe the prosecution was insisting on sex offender status and invited Matthew to appeal. "20/20" was there when two years of fear and misery finally ended. A message arrived from the judge, ironically on the computer, informing them that Matthew would not be labeled a sex offender. Matt and his parents had won his life back.

In the den of the Bandy home sits the family computer, now unplugged from the Internet. The Bandys learned that, for them, the Web is simply too dangerous.

"It means that computers are not safe," said Jeannie. "I don't want to have one in my house. Under even under the strictest rules and the strictest security, your computer is vulnerable."
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AW MAN! I DIDNT WATCH THE VID!!! HES ONE UGLY MOFO!!! HE LOOKS LIKE A PEDO ALREADY AHAHA!!! We'll be seeing more of him in the news when hes older I bet....

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#27
I don't get how showing Playboy (which isn't even explicit) to minors gets him the "Sex Offender" label...
#28
The American Justice system fails yet again...we just have to find some damn reason to put youth down...bet you someone in the court did it...
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#29
thats gotta suck, but, I still dont completely get how the pics were downloaded to his pc

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thats gotta suck, but, I still dont completely get how the pics were downloaded to his pc

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They just put it down to hackers. Someone else put it on his computer.
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#31
In the den of the Bandy home sits the family computer, now unplugged from the Internet. The Bandys learned that, for them, the Web is simply too dangerous.

That's what n00bs get for using IE and relying on Windows Firewall. LOL!
#32
this wouldn't have happened if he woul'd used FIREfox =)
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#33
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#34
he's 16.. and he was looking at people the same age as him? a child is under 18.. so he can't look at pictures of people around his own age? what if he had pics of his girlfriend?

that's just stupid
and 90 years? what the hell murderers and rapists don't get that much
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#36
The Police just said in the video (in other words) "He needs to learn what happens when you break the law" but isn't it a bit late, what would be the point in learning? He's there untill he dies. That was a shit comeback.

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That's it, that's what I was talking about earlier. It's starting to get like that in the UK. It is appauling. This is murder, not just 'inaccurate fire'.
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#37
well...

i just deleted a bunch of files that have NOTHING to do with this
nothing
seriously nothing to do with this article

well, he was probly bored and lookin at porn cause he doesnt play guitar
or he did play and because he dedicated all his time to that instead of trying to be cool, he didnt get any and had to look at porn lol
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#39
Its not fair though, he shows a playboy to some friends and he gets labeled sex offender???? showing a playboy to friends at that age is too common..I mean millions of other kids have done that

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#40
dammit...he didnt get charged
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