I’m on my way home from Denver, where I testified as an expert witness at a deeply troubling trial—a trial that has become way too common in America. Jones”, goes into a Yahoo adult chatroom, and makes it clear he wants to have conversations about sexually dominating a young person.A person responds—let’s call her “Missy”—who says she’s a teen who would gladly chat with a wiser, older man about the ins and outs of sexual things. Jones” proceed to exchange hundreds and hundreds of emails, texts, and phone calls, which range from incredibly boring to graphically sexual.Meanwhile we have a serious human trafficking problem that is caused by males and rape culture is perfectly normal.
But let's not pretend that there's nothing concerning about a man who takes it out of the realm of fantasy and takes the first steps towards making it a reality. And someone who is online having sexual chats with someone he believes to be a 14 year old is a criminal. Even if talk to someone about having fantasies of speeding, and even if it contributes to someone wanting to speed, that discussion is nevertheless totally illegal, and doesn't become illegal because it might contribute to speeding and is therefore a "rationalization".That's what makes America special—the government has to prove you're guilty, rather than you having to prove you're innocent.So a juror’s fear wasn’t supposed to play any role in their decision. And if you have any sexual fantasies at all—which of course you do—you're a little less safe.Just because it's an "adult" chat doesn't mean that young kids can be on there. Under your logic, I could have you arrested and convicted for a very, very, very broad range of things you have surely said and done in your life.Just like it could actually be a 60 year old man ... He wanted it to be a 14 year old girl and didn't make sure it wasn't. Just because it's an "adult" chat doesn't mean that young kids can be on there.