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Monday, October 27, 2008

Child pornography

Internet is being used to for child pornography here in the US and throughout the world.

This is very alarming and a shame to Filipino community. Our fellow Michael D. Macalindong was sentenced Tuesday (October 21) to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of federal child pornography and child enticement. He is 25-year-old with a great job as a mortgage broker and a confessed "closeted gay".

I believe this man is intellectual enough. But using internet specifically Facebook for his malicious acts is stupidity.

Read below for details.

Pretending to be a girl, Macalindong told the boy that for him to have sex with her, he had to first have sex with her male friend and have it taped so she could watch. Macalindong was also the male friend in the ruse.

Macalindong videotaped the first encounter at his apartment in May 2006 and had at least two more meetings with the boy.

When the minor refused to meet again in January, Macalindong threatened to post the videos on the Internet unless the teenager paid him $200, authorities said. At this point, the teenager contacted the police, who arrested Macalindong.

Authorities also seized photos and videos with explicit sex images from Macalindong.

He was later charged with six counts of production of child pornography, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, one count each of indecent solicitation of a minor and intimidation. Macalindong pleaded guilty to all counts.

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