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  1. Balzafire
    Greater Sudbury Police found a large cultivation of magic mushrooms during a search for child pornography at a Sudbury-area residence.

    An investigation by police in Germany identified child pornography being downloaded in the Sudbury area. The RCMP and Greater Sudbury Police identified the residence.

    The residence was searched on Sept. 11. Police seized a number of computers and data storage devices, police said.

    The large cultivation of magic mushrooms was also found so members of the joint forces drug unit were called in.

    The drugs, drug paraphernalia and $2,053 in cash were seized. Police estimate the value of the drugs at more than $150,000.

    "The suspect misled the investigators as to his identity and was arrested for obstructing the officers," police said in a press release.

    Evidence of child pornography was found after examining the computers and data storage devices, police said.

    Steve Lotoski, also known as Steve Monroe, has been charged. The 39-year-old has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a schedule three drug, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of child pornography and obstruct police.

    He attended video bail court on Sunday and is to appear in bail court again on Tuesday.


    The Sudbury Star
    09/13/2010
    http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2754756

Comments

  1. Rin_Weh
    Although it's their job to remove, charge and arrest for the drugs- I doubt they really cared about the drugs vs. the child pornography.
    *shrug*
  2. MrG
    One aspect of this situation would be to hypothesise that the oft-proclaimed 'enlightenment' that many proponents of psychedelics like to claim is experienced through the use of these sorts of substances, clearly isn't sufficient to over-ride the dysfunctional psychology of this paedophile.

    It makes my skin crawl to think that this abhorrent individual, even when high on Magic Mushrooms, was able to maintain the same toxic thought processes and continue pursuing his twisted sexual drives.

    It pretty much demonstrates just how deeply ingrained into their psyche this mental illness is. So why do we keep slapping their wrists and then letting them back into the community?
  3. Rin_Weh
    Paedophilia is a sexual orientation, whether we like it or not- not a mental illness.
    In some it could be gradual, twisted up mental issues that result in this but I still believe it's a sexual orientation.
    I hate it too.
    However- I feel bad for those who hate themselves for feeling how they feel and would rather be castrated than hurt a child.
    I feel no remorse for those who don't give a shit what they're doing to that child.

    It's a simple and complex issue.
  4. Smeg
    Further to the above, could it just be that the publication in question is equating paedophilia with illegal drug use in order (more than subliminally) to imply that possession of controlled substances is akin to crimes against children? Or can be part and parcel of the depraved and heinous crime of child abuse, and (by association) be an accessory?
  5. Balzafire

    There will be readers who will certainly make that connection, if only to strengthen their own opinion that drug users are bad bad people.
  6. Smeg
    Bloody true, Balza. Some elements of the press here pull the same skank whenever they can. They actually do manage to manipulate some readers (who just lack knowledge) into believing that the use of drugs is somehow forever in wedlock with awful crimes. An accomplice even. It feels like whenever they can insert a reference about attendant mood altering chemicals when connected to real criminals they will.

    By dint of even using, and subsequently being caught, can carry terrible ramifications for individuals not involved in any other criminal activity. The media often have misplaced power in these Islands and have been known to behave like a pack of school yard bullies when they are unleashed.

    Guilt by any kind of association is the rule for press-bullied drug users.
  7. Balzafire
    That's an interesting perspective expressed in an interesting way. I think the term I'm looking for is "spot on".
    Yeah.
    It's not so much a conspiracy as it is an act of mob behavior by the media.
  8. MrG
    That it can be classed as a sexual orientation does not alter the fact that it is borne out of dysfunctional psychology. People are not born paedophiles, they are raised in an emotionally toxic environment and, through the resultant alteration in gene expression in the developing brain, grow to have faulty associational urges.

    In the same way that the oft-mocked image of the elderly Conservative politician with a 'kinky' penchant for dressing up in nappies whilst being chastised by a buxom 'nanny', is likely to be derived from a 'privileged' upbringing of emotionally-distant parents who off-loaded their tiresome child on to a wet-nurse, the absence of an appropriate and healthy environment, often involving physical and/or sexual abuse by a trusted adult, paves the way for the child to seek emotional fulfilment through inappropriate associations. When they reach an age of sexual development this then runs a high risk of exacerbating the problem and compelling them to equate sexual fulfilment, albeit through a perversion of the norm, with further affirmation of the 'correctness' of their feelings.

    This condition is so ingrained with who they are as a fully grown adult that they are able to compartmentalise the truly awful nature of their perversions, often turning from victim to victimiser. Even those that are caught and who then start to claim that they are sorry for what they have done and how they really don't want to hurt children, are usually under the impression that society simply doesn't understand the 'wonderful' nature of their 'love', for that is how they see it. They honestly think that what they do is some form of love for their victims.

    That is why the magic mushroom user in the article was able to pursue psychedelic experiences whilst maintaining his psychological justification for his personal brand of 'loving'.

    He was a paedophile long before he chose to take drugs.
  9. cra$h
    wow, way to take a beautiful thing (mushrooms) and make it seem like the users are pedophiles. For all we know, he's just making a couple bucks by selling a popular drug in short supply. Simple economics. No one ever said he USED them. Although it's likely. And his reason for use would be the most interesting part. If he's just bored and likes tripping, then it's negated. If it's for spiritual guidance, well, this could be good or bad, and a very interesting topic.
  10. Rin_Weh
    All of that is true as well.
    It's a case by case basis when it comes to psychology though.
    Both of our opinions are true, depending on the situation/context/person.
    Also, the majority of people who experience either the things you and I both pointed out,
    do not become paedophiles.
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