An Illinois National Guard soldier in Afghanistan has been charged by the U.S. Army with possessing child pornography over pictures of a young relative his mother says she sent him.
Terri Miller of Galesburg says she sent her son, Specialist Billy Miller, pictures of the little girl to help him get over his homesickness. The pictures show the child in a swimsuit playing in a wading pool and sitting on a truck. In one, the girl is wearing a swim suit and part of her buttocks are exposed.
In the Miller case, it appears that
...the child is a relative Billy treated as his own child when the girl was diagnosed with cancer as her father was going through boot camp. The family notes that the same pictures are on family computers and on Facebook pages, and no one else has been investigated.
Interesting. If justice is blind and impartial, why isn't Billy's mother in jail? She is, after all, the self-confessed provider of the alleged smut.
What I hate about writing posts like these is that you're just about forced to make a disclaimer along these lines: Well, we have no access to the images, and they're not going to made public. Therefore, the photos could be just as objectionable as the military prosecutors believe. Yes, it could be that Specialist Billy Miller specializes in collecting lascivious pictures of undressed kindergartners.
But somehow, I don't think so.
I suspect these are the usual innocuous images that nonetheless get adults in hot water over and over and over. It's what happens whenever some "morally superior" asshole inadvertently lays bare the dark recesses of his own mind upon seeing others' leisure-time family photos and, in a panicky effort to suppress his own boner, loudly decries sexual overtones where there are none.
Even if Billy Miller is acquitted, suspicions will swirl, perhaps even in his own mind. The poison injected into his relationship with the little girl is nasty and ineradicable. In seeking to protect her innocence, investigators and prosecutors are more likely to destroy it, because the success of their actions depends in some measure on whether they can make a prepubescent cancer survivor believe that her loving Uncle Billy, deep down, is a vile, nauseating would-be abuser.
There's something vile here alright, and it isn't that the offending photos were posted on Facebook without anyone raising a stink.