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#1 DWF

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 10:10 AM

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A New York City police officer faces child sex charges even though he married the Oregon girl he allegedly molested after giving a speech about the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"We will definitely still prosecute," said Eric Hsu, Deputy District Attorney in Linn County, Oregon, where Matthew De Gennaro, 32, allegedly photographed himself having sex with a 17-year-old high school student from Corvallis, Oregon.


An 11-year police veteran, De Gennaro was arrested in New York on Sept. 5 and charged with depicting a child engaging in sex acts and two counts of encouraging child sexual abuse, charges that could land him in prison for 70 months.


De Gennaro met a group of four girls at Corvallis High School in May 2002 while on a nationwide speaking tour, including the 17-year-old he later married. She is now 18.


"Several young women were interested in him," Corvallis Police Capt. Robert Deutsch told Reuters by telephone.


After swapping e-mails with all four, De Gennaro became more involved with one girl, leading to phone calls and a return visit to Oregon in August 2002, where the two met at a Holiday Inn in nearby Albany, Oregon.


The now-suspended policeman documented the ensuing tryst in photographs and came back to visit the girl again in April, Deutsch said.


The girl's mother found five photographs, one very explicit, and contacted the FBI (news - web sites), which passed the information to the Corvallis Police Department.

What kind of cop is this, let alone man, he has sex with a teenager after giving a speech about the 9/11 attacks, then takes pictures of the sex act itself. :glare:
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#2 Kimmer

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 10:51 AM

Sick!Sick!Sick!Sick!Sick!Sick!

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 11:07 AM

Hrm.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but spouses can't be compelled to testify against each other, right? Wonder how that factors into this?
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Posted 27 September 2003 - 11:52 AM

Javert Rovinski, on Sep 27 2003, 12:07 PM, said:

Hrm.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but spouses can't be compelled to testify against each other, right? Wonder how that factors into this?

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Although the new Mrs. De Gennaro might not be forced to testify against her husband under Oregon law, Hsu told Reuters prosecutors had "other evidence we can establish. We won't let this affect the case at this point."

I think they've already thought about that, and are trying to find a way around it. ;)
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Posted 27 September 2003 - 11:59 AM

Not only sick, but stupid!

Let's see: He's a cop. He decides to BREAK THE LAW. Not only does he DECIDE TO BREAK THE LAW, he DOCUMENTS HIMSELF DOING IT!

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 01:56 PM

One technical comment...

The age of consent in Oregon, as best as I can find on line is 18...

However, for New York, the age of consent is 17....
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Posted 27 September 2003 - 02:54 PM

In some states, the age of consent is as low as 14. If 18 is the age for Oregon, and if he had sex with the girl in Oregon, then I guess he did break the law.

I just can't get up in arms about a guy having sex with a 17-yr-old, though, especially since it would be perfectly legal in many states. Calling it "child molestation" flat-out offends me. There is a HUGE difference between sex with a 17 year old and sex with a 7 year old.

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 02:55 PM

Good point, however the acts took place in Oregon, not New York.

Altough I suppose the cop could say he didn't know the age was different.

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Posted 27 September 2003 - 04:34 PM

Yeah, I'm just not seeing this at the same level of what I'd call pedophiles.  Women used to be married (and sometimes pregnant) by age 15.  I'm not saying I want a return to that, but at 17 she isn't going to look substantially different than she would at say 21.  

Still, there is the definite issue of her having a lot less life experience and that's usually the biggest issue in these "just under legal" issues.  He's nearly twice her age even at 17.  She probably should have gotten a little bit more time in before marriage to a guy who lives a continent away.
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Posted 27 September 2003 - 06:02 PM

I agree some what, Uncle Sid, on the over all lack of  life lessons/experience, but I somehow doubt she was 'forced' to marry him. and like Morrhigan I am very unsettled by calling this "child molestation".

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Posted 28 September 2003 - 01:51 AM

I don't remember off the top of my head but does the marital privilege apply to conduct and communications that happened BEFORE the marriage?

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Posted 28 September 2003 - 02:00 AM

This happened in my state, and this is the first that I've heard about it? :eek:

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Posted 28 September 2003 - 07:41 AM

Two things:

1) I find it appalling that different states have different ages of what is considered an appropriate age of consent. It should be uniform across the country-and having things this way IMO causes NOTHING but problems.  :glare:

2) I personally find the idea of an older man having sex with anyone under 20 to be disgusting-and I don't care WHERE it's legal.  :glare:

Rake me over the coals-I don't care. My opinion stands.  :angry:

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Posted 28 September 2003 - 10:14 AM

Una Salus Lillius, on Sep 27 2003, 11:51 PM, said:

I don't remember off the top of my head but does the marital privilege apply to conduct and communications that happened BEFORE the marriage?

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I believe it does. Remember the Enron guy who married his secretary before she could testify?

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I personally find the idea of an older man having sex with anyone under 20 to be disgusting-and I don't care WHERE it's legal.

It's a good thing you can vote to change it at the local level, then. :).
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