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mscomc
10-29-2009, 01:52 PM
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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/102909dnpropornlaw.25f1d60d6.html

01:13 PM CDT on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
By BROOK EGERTON / The Dallas Morning News
begerton@dallasnews.com


Texas has no shortage of amazing criminal justice stories. Here's the latest to hit my radar screen: State law says it's OK to show pornography to children as long as they're your children and the stuff is otherwise legal (no kiddie porn, in other words).

Now a Panhandle prosecutor wants the Texas attorney general's office to check his reading of the penal code section on showing harmful material to minors. An AG's spokesman said the matter is under review and declined further comment.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren's request grew out of a divorced Dallas-area woman's experience. Her three grade-school-aged daughters were living with their dad earlier this year when he allegedly got liquored up late one night and showed two of them porn on his computer. They later told a counselor, who alerted authorities. Amarillo police investigated, found the girls believable and sought advice from the DA's office before proceeding.

Farren concluded that that his hands were tied. No search warrant ever got issued, so there's been no independent look at evidence.

"We have to convince the Legislature to review this issue," Farren told me.

State Sen. Bob Deuell, a Republican from Greenville, said he will push for change in the next legislative session.

"It's not going to be an easy issue," he warned. Why? There will be talk that the state is trying to dictate what parents can teach their children.

Such concerns influenced the writing of the law in 1973, said former state Sen. Tati Santiesteban. The El Paso Democrat, who still practices criminal defense law, said he chaired the subcommittee that did the writing.

"Our discussion was about the invasion of privacy into the home" and "being a parent and wanting to teach my child about sex," he told me. "Who in the hell is the government to come and tell me what I can show to my children?"

Sexual material that parents show their children needs to have a legitimate educational purpose, said Deuell, who's a family practice physician.

The little girls were shown images of three-way encounters, among other things, their mom said. Their father, she added, told them not to tell others what they'd seen or "I will never trust you again."

Her conclusion: "If it's sexual education, you don't do it secretively."

Showing porn to kids is a common "grooming" practice of pedophiles, said Wynne Shaw, clinical supervisor at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. It can desensitize victims, making them less likely to resist further advances.

"We consider it abusive just the same as any contact type of abuse," Shaw said.

The mom recently regained custody of the girls and is working with the Rockwall-based Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation to get the law changed.

"This is not the Texas everybody knows," she said.

The girls' dad didn't respond to my request for comment

Shoots like a girl
10-29-2009, 06:26 PM
OMG!!!!!:scared0011:

County Mike
10-29-2009, 06:39 PM
See what I missed out on living in NJ? I could have had an earlier start if I was a Texan.

Who am I kidding? I didn't have any trouble finding my Dad's Playboys.

Chuck
10-29-2009, 11:41 PM
I would agree with that decision. I don't want anybody to legislate how I raise my children or what I expose them to...

In this liberal country it's only a matter of time until they try to keep me from exposing my kids to Christ.

flo
10-29-2009, 11:54 PM
I would agree with that decision. I don't want anybody to legislate how I raise my children or what I expose them to...

In this liberal country it's only a matter of time until they try to keep me from exposing my kids to Christ.

Word. The govt. needs to stay OUT of parenting. CPS is already in place if there is abuse going on.

NateR
10-29-2009, 11:54 PM
I would agree with that decision. I don't want anybody to legislate how I raise my children or what I expose them to...

In this liberal country it's only a matter of time until they try to keep me from exposing my kids to Christ.

As disturbing as this story is, I would have to agree that the government has no right to dictate how parents raise their children.

bradwright
10-30-2009, 12:00 AM
i think if you looked around at other states and other country's that this sort of thing may be more common then you think...you would probably find that parents are allowed to teach their children pretty much anything they want as long as it wasn't illegal...last time i checked porn wasn't illegal.

now before you all go crazy on me i would just like to say i DO NOT agree at all with the fathers decision to show his kids porn on the computer but like Chuck i do agree with his right to do so...even though in this case....its just a sick thing to do.

Bonnie
10-30-2009, 04:59 AM
I'm wondering why he had custody which makes me wonder about the mother too.

If he (dad) thought it was first, okay to get drunk and second, okay to show his girls porn, what would be "okay" next.... :angry:

Neezar
10-30-2009, 05:06 AM
As disturbing as this story is, I would have to agree that the government has no right to dictate how parents raise their children.

:angry:

What the ......? What if that Daddy decided to teach them by touching them to show them?

:angry:

I don't think anyone is naive enough to believe this was about education.

NateR
10-30-2009, 06:29 AM
:angry:

What the ......? What if that Daddy decided to teach them by touching them to show them?

:angry:

I don't think anyone is naive enough to believe this was about education.

I don't think it was about education either, but there is the larger issue of freedom which is more important. No state or federal government has the right to dictate how parents raise their kids.

Neezar
10-30-2009, 11:56 AM
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rockdawg21
11-02-2009, 11:33 PM
Go Texas!!!!

que
11-02-2009, 11:50 PM
texas and those dang conservatives!!!! :laugh: