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Thought Crimes: Middlesbrough Man Sentenced For Possessing Dirty Cartoons

by | 22nd, October 2014

n this May 27, 2008 file photo, a visitor to the Tokyo International Anime Fair looks at cartoon figures on display in Tokyo. Japan's parliament has passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics, animation and computer graphics. The upper house voted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 to approve the law, which was passed by the lower house earlier this month. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)


ROBUL Hoque, 39, stands in the dock at Teeside Crown Crout. He’s accused of 10 counts of possessing prohibited images of children. It’s a typical case of depravity, right? Wrong.

His barrister Richard Bennett explains:

“These are not what would be termed as paedophilic images. These are cartoons.”

Mr Hoque has been arrested and charged for posssessing cartoons. Police raided his home in Middlesbrough. They found 288 still and 99 moving cartoons.

In 2009, Glenn Phillip McGuire pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, specifically naked characters from The Simpsons and Pokemon performing sex acts on each other. Mr McGuire admitted at Australia’s Newcastle Local Court to having six such images on his computer.

Mr McGuire did not create the images, but downloaded them while surfing the Limewire website. He dowloaded the images, which is, apparently, not the same as walking into bookshop and looking at such images in Manga comic books, or dowloading them from a shelf. Call the  thought police Emergency !

Mr McGuire was convicted, fined $1000 and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

In Australia a “person” includes cartoon characters.

As Justice Adams ruled in a similar  case :

“The alleged pornography comprised a series of cartoons depicting figures modelled on members of the television animated series The Simpsons . The male figures have genitalia which is evidently human, as do the mother and the girl. The mere fact that the figure depicted departed from a realistic representation in some respects of a human being did not mean that such a figure was not a ‘person’.”

Back in Teeside, McGuire’s defence barrister Mark Preece is pleading:

“It’s the sort of spam email garbage that is disseminated all around this country every day. The images are at the extreme lowest end of the scale. He’s extremely embarrassed about the

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