Planting Child Porn On Boss's PC Gets Evil Prankster 12 Years In Jail

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Remember that guy who planted over 400 images of child pornography on his boss's computer to get him fired? He just got sentenced to over a decade in prison. Oh, and the boss got his job back. Oops?

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To recap: in 2006, terrible person Neil Weiner sent local authorities a CD filled with 177 indecent images of children, claiming that they came from his employer's laptop. When police investigated, they found an additional 235 (!) inappropriate pictures of kids, leading to the swift and wrongful arrest of Weiner's target, Eddie Thompson. It turns out Weiner was responsible for every last bit of it.

Weiner will do 12 years for "perverting the course of justice" and another five for two counts of child pornography. Both sentences will be served concurrently. And for those worried that the punishment isn't harsh enough, the judge in the case made clear the extent to which justice had been served:

He told [Weiner]: "You will go to prison for a long time. The prison population is not renowned for being particularly fair or reasonable.

"You will be suspected by many of being a paedophile and, like Mr Thompson, you may find that you suffer, both in prison and on release, for the rest of your life.

"All these consequences will last for life and the irony is that you have brought them upon yourself by your own deliberate conduct."

He'll also be placed on the national sex offender's register.

So! Don't do terrible things, or terrible things will happen to you, the end. [Independent]

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DISCUSSION

I guess I'll go ahead and be the first to say that I think this sentencing is incredibly harsh.

This guy isn't a pedophile. He isn't a child pornographer. He isn't a rapist. He's an asshole who tried to get his boss fired by planting some images on his computer.

I think we often look at prison sentences like this and think "that's not a very long time," because we can't help but note the contrast between 12 years and something like a life sentence.... but 12 years is a huge chunk of a person's life, especially when sentenced at a relatively young age.

I think the guy deserves punishment, but to sentence him to being frequently raped and beaten for a period of 12 years seems to me a greater perversion of justice than the crime itself.

I feel the same way about most child pornography cases. If someone took the pictures, or sold them online, then he deserves to rot in jail, but forcing someone to waste away in prison just for looking at pictures, which they're undoubtably already ashamed to be looking at, just doesn't seem right to me.

In cases like that, the focus should be rehabilitation, not destroying somebody's life\