SOURCE: Iowa Man Pleads Guilty To Having Obscene Drawings
I'm sure most of you saw this story and thought "why should this concern me"? I just read American comics and I don't read anything pornographic. This doesn't affect me.
Well, actually it could. Because of the exact wording of the statute used to charge Christopher Handley, who is now looking at 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, a lot of comic fans could be in danger. Because nothing I have seen has said exactly what materials Handley owned which inspired the charges. And even if he did possess something that would be considered pornographic, there is now a precedent for jailing people for possesing drawings - not photos but sketches - of underage sex.
Federal law prohibits the possession of any visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexual conduct, including drawings, cartoons, sculptures or painting.
Sexual conduct? That sounds a little bit vague, doesn't it?
Does that include a teenage Sonja being raped by the soldiers that killed her family in Red Sonja?
Does that include the scenes of Mia Dearden working as a prostitute in Green Arrow: Quiver?
Does that include the depiction of Connor and Cassie's first night together in Infinite Crisis?
Has anyone who has read about this story seen any listing of exactly what it was he had that got him busted? I'm just wondering...