He's Only a Perv

Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer

COURTS, CRIME

He's Only a Perv
Voyeur-video dude not a child pornographer

By Richard Connelly

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has formally ruled: Alan Ray Steen is a pervert, he's not a child pornographer.

Steen liked to go to tanning salons and stick a video camera over the cubicle wall to tape women; one day the person he taped turned out to be a girl two weeks shy of her 17th birthday. The video revealed a flash — 1.5 seconds long — on the edge of the frame of the girl's pubic region. As a result, the U.S. Attorney in Odessa prosecuted him for manufacturing child pornography and Steen was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

In an opinion discussing in detail just how lascivious tanning-bed activity might be, the 5th Circuit agreed with Steen's attorney, Brian Wice of Houston, that what was taped was not child pornography, just garden-variety perviness.

"Even Congress could not have intended for this sentence to be applied to 21st Century peeping toms," Wice tells Hair Balls.

The 5th Circuit said the jury was mistaken in ruling that the tape contained "a lascivious exhibition of the genitals."

Also, the whole mise en scène, as they say in film-crit class, just wasn't porny.

The second and third factors consider whether the setting or pose of the depiction is sexually suggestive or unnatural. Traditional settings that meet this standard are beds and bedrooms. A tanning salon is not a sexually suggestive setting, nor are [victim] C.B.'s movements unnatural for someone who is tanning...Under certain circumstances, lying on one's back may be sexually suggestive, but that is not the case when the non-sexual activity being displayed requires one to lie on the back.

C.B., the court ruled, "neither acts coy or willing to engage in sexual activity."

Lastly, the panel examined just what it was that might give Steen a hard-on.

"Even if one assumes Steen was stirred by his voyeuristic pursuits," the court wrote, "there is insufficient evidence to conclude that the image of C.B.'s genitals was designed to elicit a sexual response or whether, perhaps, merely being a voyeur excited Steen."

The case was thrown out. Steen could be charged with the state jail felony of improper videotaping, but then again he's been in a prison since his 2009 conviction.

And not only in prison, but in prison as a manufacturer of child pornography.

"I can't think of anything worse to have on your [file], unless it's 'snitch on the Cali cartel,'" Wice says.
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4 comments
SoCaliTex
SoCaliTex

Is the guy a piece of shit? Yes.Should the piece of shit be prosecuted? Yes.Should the guy be prosecuted in the same manner that scumbags who produce child pornography that features penetrative sex with pre-teens are? Nah.

This perverted opportunist needs to have the living hell scared out of him to reinforce the fact that his behavior is unacceptable. For the rest of the foreseeable future, a Google search of "Alan Ray Steen" will return a result linking to this page.Name plastered everywhere, branded as a pervert, jail time served.... mission accomplished.

Guest
Guest

Child Molesters have rights too! Too many people are against these folks who are common every day people we see in almost every reality we travel. Sure, they make a few mistakes and purposely (rape, torment, tie-down, gag, and use torture) on young innocent children... but some of these children had it coming! They were not victims, they were asking for it... Sure, I know, some of them would didn't have to be killed and are still buried out there in the woods... but sometimes these things get complicated. The families need to get over it and make another baby... Just be more careful next time... Try a few less hugs, from what I have heard... these individuals really enjoy the pleasure of a child who smells like moms perfume, dads aftershave, and sweat. A combination of all three will make the child a likely target... So, don't be too hard on these folks, as I said, sometimes these things just get out of hand... Child Molesters have rights too!

Woodypickering
Woodypickering

He is a pig. This is the beginning of a huge problem. How long to you think it will take for this behaviour to not be quite enough and his behaviours escalate into something more dangerous toward women. I am glad he is locked up. This is the reason I own my own tanning bed!!!!!! What a pig!

Deathbreath
Deathbreath

I bet my bottom dollar he voted GOP.

 
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