My Mom was a wonderful lady who was the stereotypical stay at home mother. After she married, she never held a job outside of the home, she never learned to drive a car, and she always had a treat waiting when her kids came home from school. She had her share of grief in life, bearing eight children and outliving five of them. But she never lost her sense of humor.

Of course, as a kid, I didn’t always appreciate that sense of humor. More than once my Mom humiliated me by showing my buddies, and worse, a girlfriend or two, a photograph she had of me laying on a blanket as a baby, fresh out of a bath with a big smile on my face, and showing my bare butt to the whole world.

But now I know the truth. My dear mother was a pedophile! Believe me, nobody is more shocked than I am to learn this.

I make this statement based on the story of a Galesburg, Illinois soldier who is being held in Afghanistan and is charged with child pornography because his mother e-mailed him photos of a family picnic that included a four your old niece in her swimsuit. In one of the pictures, the little girl is sitting on the hood of a pickup truck, and her swimsuit had ridden up, exposing part of her buttock. That was the basis for the Army charge against the soldier, who has otherwise had a good record, has never been in trouble, and should have been allowed to return to the United States with the rest of his unit last September.

The soldier’s parents, Terri and Rodney Miller, say that their son, Specialist Fourth Class Billy Miller, 24, is despondent and they fear he may harm himself out of frustration because military authorities have dragged his case out and refuse to allow him to defend himself against the charges and get on with his life.

The Miller’s say the Army has refused to give them much information about their son’s case, and that when Illinois Congressman Phil Hare tried to intercede on their behalf, he too was rebuffed. The soldier’s family says that the whole mess started when a former friend of their son’s saw the child’s picture on his laptop computer and accused him of possession of child pornography as part of a personal grudge. Terri Miller says that while she supports our nation’s troops, in her opinion the military can “go to hell.”

Is this not the biggest crock of crap you’ve heard in a long time? What’s next? Are the government witch hunters going to go after the folks that marketed Coppertone Sun Lotion for their ad campaign in 1959 that featured a dog pulling down the bottom of a little girl’s swimsuit, exposing her hind end? Are they going to track down everybody who ever saw those ads and charge us with viewing child pornography? Is there a statue of limitation on this crime?

You can tune in any television channel and see more sexually suggestive programming on the shows and advertisements. Are we going to charge the broadcasters with exposing children to pornography if they happen to be watching TV?

I don’t think there is any form of vermin worse than those who prey on our children. There are a lot of sick puppies in this world who get their kicks from abusing children, and I’d be happy to take a pair of garden shears or a rusty pocketknife and make them less of a threat, any time. But that’s not what this case is all about. It’s a travesty, and the Army needs to drop it and bring this young soldier home.

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10 Comments on My Mother, The Pedophile

  1. MichaelG says:

    Technically, I think she was a child pornographer. There’s a lot of that going around…

    I’m not sure what drives these kinds of prosecutions. I suspect everyone is just scared of the legal system. They’d rather send a guy to jail unjustly rather than take the blame for letting someone guilty go. And as long as people shriek about child molesters, that’s the way authority will behave.

    It’s not politically correct to say this, but this is the Bad Nick blog. The biggest danger to children, especially girls, is from family members. It’s not from random strangers and pedophiles abducting them, it’s from fathers and uncles molesting them. You don’t have to read many blogs by women on the net to find absolutely horrific examples of exactly this problem.

    Instead of worrying about that problem (and making it easier for girls to get help), we worry about child abductions and child porn on the net.

    Frankly, there are a lot of photos floating around on the net that are taken at nude beaches, or the kind of harmless family photos you mention, or pictures sent by teenagers to each other on their phones. These are all now classified as child pornography. Just seeing something like that puts you at risk from the law.

    Although I would never condone molesting a child, I can’t see the point of prosecuting people and throwing them in jail for years for looking at pictures. Even if they are getting turned on looking at pictures. The fear is that it leads to actually molesting a child, but I don’t think there’s much evidence of that. And in any case, rape is clearly illegal, but bondage photos are not. We seem to be able to make the distinction in other areas, so why not child porn?

  2. MichaelG says:

    By the way, in case many of you aren’t aware of what gets passed around the internet, look at this image. The girl here is in her underwear, so this is about as explicit as a Victoria Secret ad. You can imagine the same girl in more explicit poses — much stronger stuff is of course out there.

    The question is, how old is this girl? If she’s 15 and pulls her top up another inch, this is child porn by U.S. law and can get you into serious trouble. If she’s 20, it’s nothing. Perhaps you are better at determining age than I am, but looking at the picture, I have no idea.

    If this had been shot in the U.S., where photographers are supposed to check age and get signed releases, I’d feel reasonably sure she’s legal. But it looks to be Asian, based on the Kanji text at lower-left.

    I’ve read that in Japan, 15 year old schoolgirls walk into photo shops off the street, pose nude or semi-nude for an hour, then walk out again with $100 to buy something. They think nothing of it. Those photos get put up on Japanese web sites, where they are legal. They get copied to U.S. websites, where they are definitely not.

    The law seems to have fallen behind the times here. And as I said above, I can’t really see the harm in a picture. It’s the molestation we should be worried about.

  3. I have just four letters to say about it and where this activity comes from.
    ACLU

  4. Mike says:

    MichaelG the only problem with what you said is some child had to be have the picture taken, so looking at them is wrong also. Now do they take things to far like the case of the soldier above very much yes.
    You would think the Army would have better things to do then go over broad on something like this.

  5. Carey McConnell says:

    Nick,
    Given what you’ve written, who wouldn’t agree that this is a travesty of justice. When I read stories like this, I always wonder if there isn’t more to the story: A hidden agenda on the part of the prosecutors, the grudge mentioned, or maybe something the guy was doing with the photo that was out of line.

    The reason I say this is, it is hard to believe that anyone involved in this would not feel the same way as you or me, including whoever has the power to throw the case out and bring the man home.

    And also: Yes! Every person who viewed the old Coppertone ad should immediately report to their nearest precinct and turn themselves in. Maybe then, I’d be able to find an empty campsite.

  6. Tony says:

    Jon, please direct me to a site where I can see how the ACLU has caused this problem. I could not remember the ACLU ever being a proponent of print restrictions. I did a quick search of their website and find only letters to legislators and position statements that support freedom of speech.

    And, Nick you are absoultely correct. People have become nuts on these issues.

  7. Jon Ensminger says:
    “I have just four letters to say about it and where this activity comes from.
    ACLU”

    That is just about the dumbest statement I have read in a long time!

    The ACLU are the people who defend average people like this soldier from “zero tolerance” run amuck, and that is exactly what this is. Brainless “zero tolerance” BS from those in authority who can think of nothing but CYA – when a sticky issue comes up common sense goes out the window.

  8. Clyde Pruitt says:

    I am a Viet Nam veteran and support our military but in this case I think the army went overboard. Just think what the mother must be going through knowing she sent the picture that got her son into trouble. I think the soldier should be released immediately with an appology to him and his family. The soldier who started this because of a personal grudge should be punished for making this guy and his family’s life a living hell.

  9. Jerry Baker says:

    The following letter is one that I wrote, that was published in the Northern Iowan, the student paper of the University of Northern Iowa, on October 14, 1988. In that letter, published over 21 years ago, I pointed out that the then-proposed law, which would criminalize “possession” of so-called “child pornography,” could be used as a trick to imprison political dissenters.

    http://www.library.uni.edu/gat.....000250.jpg

    Through that link, you can also read any one of around 90 other letters I published in the Northern Iowan, over the years, if you happen to be interested.
    One of those letters, published in 1987, was about an entrapment program, carried out by the US government, to sell “child pornography.”

    I contacted some of the people who’d been entrapped, after getting their names from news stories. One of them, Kent Jacobson, was a retired Army man, of Newman Grove, Nebraska. He fought his case way up to the Supreme Court, and got the charges dismissed. There was an item about it, on either “60 Minutes” or “20-20,” around 1993.

  10. Karen says:

    I guess I need to turn myself in for actually taking a picture of my daughter in that Coppertone pose when she was 6. If this story is true, it is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard. It makes me wonder if this guy had other questionable photos on his computer. One innocent photo of his little niece shouldn’t make him a criminal.

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