The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cmdr. James Mattingly

Cmdr. James Mattingly might have displayed self control and dedication in his career- but online, he showed a bit more of his true colors. Mattingly was arrested after a task force tracked him down from a site that sold child porn. Law enforcement has said that Mattingly was purchasing porn 'in packages' which ranged from costing $79 to $99. When arrested, hundreds of images and videos were found which contained child pornography.

He had hundreds of sexual pictures and video of pre-pubescent children, some clearly in pain from the rapes, prosecutors said.

"This is a personal, psychological issue of great importance to him, but which did not impact on or have anything to do with his duties as a commander in the Navy," defense attorney Brook Hart said.

His defense goes on to say:
"He's trying to do something positive about it so he doesn't repeat the behavior. He's ashamed of it," Hart said.
Of course, it's clear by his behavior at the time of his arrest that he's more interested in finding a way to get out of his recent trouble, than finding a way to control whatever behavior issues he may have.

As agents broke through the door of his Waikiki home last December, Mattingly grabbed some of his computer equipment and threw it out the window, authorities said. Unfortunately for him, there was still plenty of evidence left on the equipment he was not able to destroy, prosecutors said.

But really, he's trying to get better. Trying to get the court to feel bad for him, just ask his lawyer how very sorry he is about all of this. Just don't mention the fact that he admitted to accessing the internet at a relative's home in order to view more porn despite the court order that required him to stay away from it.

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