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Anti-Gay Activist Lawyer Convicted of Child Pornography

By Evelyn Schlatter on January 11, 2013 - 2:24 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

A New Hampshire lawyer who works with a virulently anti-gay Christian right organization has been found guilty of child pornography charges after videotaping a 14-year-old girl having sex with two men on multiple occasions.

Lisa Biron, 43, of Manchester faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison after a jury convicted her yesterday after deliberating for less than an hour.

Biron, arrested by the FBI last November, was accused of eight felony counts involving the videotaping of men having sex with the girl. She also allegedly made a cellphone video of herself having sex with the girl.

Biron, who claimed on her Facebook page (which was taken down, according to the Concord Monitor) that the Bible was her favorite book, had worked with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, in defending a Pentecostal church in Concord in a tax fight against the city.

The Arizona-based ADF calls itself a “servant ministry” that seeks to transform the legal system and advocate “for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” The group issues dire warnings about “the homosexual agenda” and offers a book (available for a donation of $35) by its president, Alan Sears, and senior director Craig Osten, with that title. In the book, the authors claim that “the homosexual agenda” will destroy religious liberty and free speech. In one chapter, they claim that homosexuality on college campuses leads to pedophilia, and that homosexuality and pedophilia “are intrinsically linked,” a falsehood long perpetuated by the anti-gay right to demonize LGBT people.

In the wake of Biron’s arrest, the ADF removed all mentions of her from its website and Facebook page, and in a November CBS News report said that Biron was never an employee. The group has released no further statements on Biron. According to the LGBT blog Joe.My.God., the group continued to remove mentions of her from its Facebook page yesterday and banned anyone who posted anything about her.

Biron may not have been a formal employee of the ADF, but John Aravosis at Americablog found that she had been a member of the ADF “Honor Corps,” which the group created to recognize allied attorneys who complete 450 hours of pro bono service for the group and to award and recognize “significant milestones” in service. Honor Corps attorneys also receive perks from the ADF like pro bono referrals and opportunities, job and résumé postings, invitations to their regional legal academies, and access to online resources and confidential updates and presentations. In March 2011, Biron was mentioned by the ADF as an “Allied Attorney Success Story.” The ADF website doesn’t list that anymore, but you can find it here.

  • Erika

    Rey, i have a feeling that given that corporal punishemnt of children is still shockingly widespread, proving proving such intent would be difficult. Difficult, but not impossible see Moyer v. Commonwealth, 531 S.E.2d 580, 33 Va. App. 8 (2000) where the defendant was convicted of indecent liberties with children based upon spanking.

    i also believe that the continued Christian right embrace of spanking children is connected to their continued attempt to suppress all forms of sexuality other than procreative sex during marriage. Otherwise they might notice that literally millions of adults around the world engage in consensual spanking activities for pleasure.

  • Reynardine

    Let me express my appreciation to the moderator(s) who have tended to us goldfish this Saturday, especially since, in view of the posts on gun rights/restrictions, your virtual garbage can must be crawling with electronic maggots.

  • Reynardine

    In fact, the corporal abuse of children is often sexually arousing to the abuser, or even done for that purpose. The oppression of weakness and childish ignorance inflames these people’s basest instincts. In many cases, they were so treated when they were children, and by projecting their own feared weakness into those who are now children and punishing it with the grossest abuse, they reassure themselves that they are the all-powerful adults.

    I can give two examples from art. One sees depictions of the god, Shiva, with a serene expression, dancing on and crushing underfoot a dying infant (some maintain this is merely a dwarf, but many early depictions of infants, especially in Indo-Iranian art, portray infants as tiny adults). And then there is a depiction of the abduction of Ganymede, by I forget what artist, which portrays a vulture-like eagle carrying off a screaming toddler, whose posterior is enticingly exposed. Out of consideration for our Hays Office, I shall go no further, but the paedosadism of this image is unmistakable.

  • Erika

    Rey, almost all of the humor of Jack T. Chick is strictly unintentional because he is so crazy. But my thinking is more that if you want to parody Jack T. Chick, this is an almost perfect set up because here you have the hypocracy of fundamentalist Christians on parade. So i’m thinking this would not necessarily be a funny parody.

    And i tend towards gallows humor, so this is kind of a natural for me to think of. But since reading “Lisa” made me feel like i was going to throw up and the comments here bringing up memories of my being sexually assaulted as an 11 year old which made me cry, i do not think i could actually write it. It would be too painful :(

    On another note, without knowing the precise facts of this case, i wonder if the fundamentalist Christian embrace of corporal punishment played a role. Having experienced frequent corporal punishment as a child which continued during my teenaged years, i know that the constant fear of being hit by adults can make a child extremely vuleranable to sexual exploitation by adults or older children. In fact, often adults who sexually abuse children threaten to spank them if they report the abuse. And its also natural for children who are frequently hit by authority figures to believe that they must be bad which creates additional vulernability. Now, we have no evidence that this happened in this specific case, but it is definitely a possibility (and one which may well provide actual or constructive force). But that is merely spectulation on my part and i have already admonished against spectulating when the known facts are bad enough.

    But i do have to wonder if there is a tie between the use of corporal punishment of children and sexual abuse of children – corporal punishment is very common among fundamentalist religious groups – and likely within settings which are heavy in control such as cults or white supremacists. Those groups also appear to have an elevated rate of sexual abuse of children – there appears to be a connection there.

  • SamDamnit

    This child pornographer and rapist, is yet another example of puritans masking their own real sins by fabricating the sins of others. The fact that she can demonize loving, consensual sex while she engages in predatory sexual assault, is beyond reprehensible.

  • Marisa

    Doesn’t surprise me – the RELIGIOUS RIGHT makes up the biggest bunch of hypocrites in existence.

  • Erika

    Sam, i most definitely could do much worse :)

    in any case, the odds that i ever get anything written beyond the idea is very low.

  • Reynardine

    Erika, I draw, but I’m not sure I could summon levity about this kind of case. Perhaps if the guy who used to draw Captain Pissgums is around…

  • Sam Molloy

    Erika, most of their artists could not draw very well, you can’t do much worse. Looking forward to seeing it.

  • Aron

    Erika, if you google Sirkowski’s name, I think you will have found just the subversive artist for whom you were looking :)

    Just beware, much like R. Crumb, he has also drawn some naughty, naughty pictures in the past (not as naughty as this, certainly, but still prurient), so be careful of the links on which you click.

  • Erika

    Rey, i really should focus on what is really important here which is working on developing my idea for a parody of the infamous Chick Tract “Lisa” based upon this case – if only i could draw :)

  • Aron

    Sirkowski, please allow me to welcome you to Hatewatch. I’m a big fan your work, and I’m sure you’ll make lots of friends here.

    Good to see you!

  • Erika

    Rey, i know :)

    Eileen, i’m angry because i object to the idea that one can presume that a 14 year old is an innocent angel – i know all too well that 14 year olds are capable of extreme acts of cruelty generally directed against younger children.

    and yes, i’m sure i am overreacting, but again see eggshell plaintiff rule :)

  • Reynardine

    Eileen, thank you for further explication. I never made reference to the victim’s ID, and other than that she is a daughter of the accused, never knew it.

  • concernedcitizen

    Any adult man who has sex with a child, anyone under a legal age to make what would be considered an informed and legal decision is sick and yes they are pedophiles.

    A fourteen year old is not capable of making such a decision.

    It’s a perversion and any adult that gives the green light to a child of theirs or any child is in need of serious help and should not be in charge of any child.

  • Eileen

    Looking facts in evidence, we see that should New Hampshire choose to, it could charge Biron with sexual assault due to the victim’s age. “Rape” is usually not used as a legal term and rarely used as a criminal charge. It is more of a layman’s word for the legal phrase “sexual assault”. So admonishing laymen for using the terms rape and rapist and to those outraged by this girl’s suffering with no legal background like arguing over whether the sky is blue or azul.

    Also, production and distribution of child pornography is most certainly a charge considered to be more serious than sexual assault. It’s a federal charge with a greater sentence. But to call it a “worse” crime is merely a matter of opinion. Now you are speaking the same way those who are calling Biron’s action rape are and you are so angry about. Also, this isn’t an either/or situation. Her conviction on the federal charges don’t preclude state charges, as you know. Those that call her a “rapist”, I believe would like her prosecuted for all if her crimes. And as I’ve pointed out, a charge of sexual assault is not out of the question. We all agree her actions are horrible and the pain she’s caused her victim is irrefutable. Why must we continue to pick at each other over the term “rape”?

    Rey – SPLC has removed references to the victim’s I’D. FYI

  • Reynardine

    Lack of age in an assailant has never been considered a defense to a charge of rape (in the common-law scheme) or sexual battery (current Florida statute). It raises the psychiatric and medical issues of mental and physical capacity, but these must be offered as a defense. Unless you were to have an extreme case of underage in the accused (one of those puberty-at-seven anomalies) underage negates consent only in a victim. It’s quite clear your assailants were responsible, even if they were tried as juveniles. It is also clear you were not. I hope that helps.

  • Erika

    Rey, of course i am biased by my experience and ultra sensitive about the issue of sexual assault of children – eggshell plaintiff rule and all you know:)

    it is my belief that there is little point to spectulate about what other crimes might have been committed here – the known facts are disgusting enough to mark Lisa Biron as a horrible person and hypocrite. And since i normally tend to spectulate and love to discuss the law, i am not upset by you doing so.

    But the “of course, it was rape, she was 14″ touched a very sensitve nerve of mine. Quite simply, that statement implies that 14 year olds cannot develop sexual motivation which would necessarily imply that they could not commit sexual assault. That obviously touched a very sensitive nerve which made me extremely upset. And i’ll admit it, when i get upset, i tend to become not a very nice person.

  • Reynardine

    Erika, we do not , without a trial transcript, know what facts were put into evidence. As the FBI was involved, this was probably a federal offense which was charged, likely under 18USC §2251A and B and §2252A, which do not distinguish how the sexual performance of the minor was procured. As a separate sovereign, New Hampshire may try the case and determine whether a sexual battery (under whatever rubric they define it) was committed or not. On this account, it is not yet proper to refer to “facts not in evidence”, but while I have known (from psychiatric hospitals) of a few fourteen year old girls who would willingly have sex with multiple grown men, I have not known of one who would willingly do so with her own mother.

    I am sorry about that episode in your life, but consider that it may be biasing your evaluation of this case.

  • Mitch Beales

    Erika thanks for your very informative post about the evolution of laws against sexual assault. I am happy to see that someone else has considered the possibility that, horrific and traumatic as child sexual abuse is, it can be made even worse by insensitive overreaction.

  • Karl

    Just wanted to point out that while you have removed victim identifying remarks from the story, the url still makes it quite clear.

  • Erika

    Dan, yes it was of Common Law origin – England not having a written law system at the time of the American Revolution – the name is misleading. Although if you want to go back further the idea behind Statutory Rape dates from the earliest law codes (specifically the Hamarambi Code and the Ancient Hebrew law code perserved in the Bible).

    Most American states went away from a strictly common law system to modify the law. In any case, “Statutory Rape” refers to the age at below which a person cannot ever legally consent to sexual activity which under New Hampshire law is 13. “Statutory rape” refers to sexual activity which is made illegal due to a person being too young to consent for sex. That is a substantial change from Common Law which set the age of consent at 18 (with exceptions for marriage and the like).

    Rey, without there being evidence a conviction for aggravated felonious sexual assault or whatever it was that New Hampshire calls, that is presuming facts not in evidence. As a 14 year old, i was perfectly capable of understanding the difference between sex and rape. As someone who actually was sexually assaulted as a child (i was 11, the perpetrators were 13/14), this spectulation annoys me much more than it probably should – but its ultimately meaningless to the problem – creation of child pornography is already one of the most serious crimes around as shown by the mandatory minimum 25 year prison sentence. Even most murders don’t have mandatory minimum 25 year terms.

    Amy, yes, according to the view of society creation of child pornography is a much more serious crime as demonstrated by sentences, sentencing guidelines, the fact that it has additional elements, and other factors. It is considered much more damaging psychologically to a victim to have a recording of a sexual assault which could circulstate for years and repeatedly resurface. Child pornography is almost always created for financial motives which also makes it a much more aggravated crime. It also helps to remember that in most cases, child pornography involves victims who are too young to consent to sexual activity – so the sentences of child pornopgrahy are generally based upon being additional on top to sentences for sexual assault of a child.

    So yes, in my opinion creation of child pornography is a worse crime than rape – while both crimes represent sexual exploitation of the victim, the degree of exploitiation is higher. The damage is also generally higher as well.

  • Reynardine

    In fact, in Florida, such crimes are subsumed under “sexual battery”, and there is a presumption that a minor who has sex with, or at the direction, of an adult authority figure- parent, teacher, principal, scoutmaster, cleric, etc.- did not consent freely. “Rape” is not in the current statutory language; it is, however, in the current vernacular, as a shorthand for compulsory sex. The Delhi incident would be legally charged as an aggravated sexual battery and felony murder, with accompanying charges for kidnapping, asportation, and (and the part of at least one of the accused) first-degree murder, with premeditation and malice aforethought. The press and public would simply call it rape, kidnapping, and murder. Let us not cross wires here.

    And, yes, given that the fourteen-year-old girl was engaging in sex both with, and at the direction of, her mother, there is a very real question of whether she can have given valid consent.

  • Dan

    Erika said “… it is based upon the Common Law crime of “Statutory Rape” which was defined as having sexual intercourse with an unmarried* (and as the law developed virgin) minor under the age of 18** (obviously there was an exception for married couples). Statutory Rape was in its Common Law origins considered a property crime…”

    ‘Statutory’ rape, as in, rape as defined by _statute_, has common law origins rather than statutory origins?
    You’re right about its relationship to property crimes, but the above is incorrect and misleading.

  • Sirkowski

    To be fair, I’m pretty sure this is perfectly legit according to the Old Testament.

  • Critical Dragon1177

    Evelyn Schlatter,

    Lisa Biron and her friends, sound like incredibly sick people. I hope I never have to meat any of them. They have a problem with homosexuality, but not with raping a child on video? Talk about a messed up sense of what’s right and wrong. Disgusting.

  • majii

    At my age, although I shouldn’t, I continue to be amazed that many of those who claim to have serious issues with certain Americans are often guilty of doing the things they accuse them of doing.

  • concernedcitizen

    Could we please do something to better control the perverts of American culture?

    A lawyer? What the hell is wrong with people, they are sick and perverted and we should really stop parading children around in the media dressed up like street walkers it’s disgusting and I believe it only further promotes the sickness of perversion that runs rampant in this country.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I was going to add my two cents about removing the name of the young victim from this story, but that’s been done, and I’m glad. Good.

    This incident shows the disgusting hypocrisy of the virulently anti-gay right.

    I have always believed that the loudest homophobes are themselves deeply closeted gays, because of the great detail with which they denounce such practices. I wonder where they get that familiarity. At the same time, their intense fury at such activity that really doesn’t affect them seems a bit much.

    Sure enough, I have seen repressed gays as anti-gay crusaders in history (Roy Cohn) and in ordinary life. I remember that the biggest gay-basher in my middle school was a fella who led a gang of like-minded mongoloids who ruthlessly stomped anyone that did not meet their standards for heterosexuality. I pointed out that their standards did not seem to include pursuing girls for dates. They called me a “sissy” and added me to their “enemies’ list.”

    Years later, I was carrying the groceries home past the church that was shared by the mob and the gay community (don’t ask me why), when I heard my name called out. Slowly I turned and saw the former leader of that band of gay-bashers, with a pal, getting ready for a service by the gay church.

    “What are you doing here?” I asked.

    “Oh, I found out who I really was,” said the teenager who had spent his 8th grade beating up suspected gays. “Do you want to come in for the service?”

    I shook my head, smiled, said “No,” told them to have a pleasant evening, and walked off. And then I realized why I had never seen him with a girl.

    This woman is disgusting. This is bare hypocrisy. It is also not a gay rights issue…this is pedophilia and child exploitation, and all human beings should condemn that.

  • Marilee

    Your careful reading skills are lacking Erica. Once again, I read you attempting to prove something, now with your credentials. All I’m saying is it was so unnecessary to come in, guns blazing, calling people ignorant. I’m surprised you didn’t post a photo of your JD. Your point would have been better received it you hadn’t been such a nasty commenter.

  • sp

    Age of consent in New Hampshire is 16. They have a close in age exception which I think all states should have. A senior in HS dating a freshman or sophmore is not a sexual predator. I also think it should be extenuating circumstances if the minor misrepresents their age and the adult is fooled into thinking they are with someone who is the age of consent. In Nevada, any adult over the age of 18 who has sex with someone under 14 gets, I think 20 years. If the adult is over 21, they get life without parole.

  • Erika

    If anyone is looking for inspiration for a truly devilish parody Chick Tract, it is hard to beat an extremely hypocritcal homophobic Christian right child pornogpraher named “Lisa”

    Of course, to really do the parody right, you would need to remember that in the actual Jack T. Chick version of her story, her downfall would be due to her being an attorney and working outside of the home.

    We all know that female attorneys are definitely not to be trusted and most likely are in league with Satan ;)

  • Amy Stoller

    “The creation of child pornography is a much more serious crime even than rape.” ???!!!

    I am sorry, but I really cannot let this pass. Both crimes are unconscionable, and equally serious.

  • Erika

    Marilee, the reason why it is ignorant (and actually very offensive) to casually toss around the term rape in sexual activity involving teenagers is because it is based upon the Common Law crime of “Statutory Rape” which was defined as having sexual intercourse with an unmarried* (and as the law developed virgin) minor under the age of 18** (obviously there was an exception for married couples). Statutory Rape was in its Common Law origins considered a property crime – specifically that having sex with an unmarried 18 year old was considered to deprive the father of the value of an unmarried virgin daughter.

    Even into the early 20th Century, “Statutory Rape” was still considered primarily a property crime in that a unchaste woman was considered to have zero marital value. Obviously, that is no longer the case, but as late as the 1950s there would be common law statutory rape cases where the entire issue would be very the teenager was of chaste character.

    It also helps to remember that for the most part, rape was viewed in general as being a property crime – in fact, that fact alone is sufficient to justify states moving towards the much less loaded umbrella term “sexual assault.” Common Law rape (and yes, that includes so called “statutory rape”) had absolutely no conception of the rights of women to be freed from violent sexual assault – instead, rape was a crime because it deprived men of having chaste daughters or wives. That is why at Common Law, a husband could not legally rape his wife. The woman was presumed to have consented to sex with her husband whenever the husband wants*** Later in the 20th Century (and remember, it was only within the late 20th Century when this occurred) forcible rape and statutory rape began to separate with forcible rape finally being belatedly seen as a violent crime against the person. That also means that it is only within the 20th Century that rape moved to being primarily seen as a crime against a person**** because it was a violent assault and it caused harm to an individual. However, its really only in the late 20th Century that the law finally recognized that rape was a violent crime against a person.

    Now in the present day, there is a clear legal separation between acts which are made criminal due to age and forcible rape. Forcible rape also includes sex with children (generally under the age of 13) because those children are presumed to be legally incapable of consent and incapacitated adults who are unable to consent to sex. Other crimes – in Virginia they use “Carnal Knowledge of a Child Aged 13 to 15″ or perhaps “Indecent Liberties with a Child” (in that case under the age of 18) – have been developed. The reason why that took place and why it is proper is to avoid the loaded term “rape” and to punish consensual crimes less than forcible crimes because they are less serious. These new laws are also designed to avoid punishing teenagers for having consensual sex with each other for the most part.

    However, here there is no evidence of forcible sex – and indeed, all that presenting such evidence would complicate what is an extremely simple case. A prosecutor would honestly be stupid to try to introduce elements of force in this case when a conviction can be obtained simply by Exhibit 1: Birth Certificate showing that the video depicts someone under the age of 18. Exhibit 2: Video. Boom, a conviction for production of child pornography.

    Now besides the extremely dubious origins of statutory rape, it is also offensive to call consensual sex between an adult and a teenager “rape” because it is extremely insensitve to victims of forcible rape. Yes, an adult who has sex with a 14 year old is a sexual predator – yes, it is sexually predatory behavior – and yes, they should go to prison. But it should not be called rape – not only because it is legally wrong (especially in New Hampshire where the term “rape” has been removed from the state statutes), but because it is offensive to the victims of forcible rape.

    These adults should also not be called pedophiles – you see this a lot and it has a similar problem to rape. Pedophilia is defined as an interest in prepubscent children. That is reflected in the rape laws which still list sex with a child under the age of 13 as rape – and in many cases have much harsher punishments for the rape of a child victim than an adult victim (don’t let me get started on how underpunished rapes and sexual assaults of adult victims are – seriously, don’t because it is the criminal justice issue which upsets me the most because it is purely based upon mysongy – i mean, did you know that someone who sells one rock of crack to an undercover cop is very likely to get more time than someone who committs a forcible sex offense against an adult in Virginia?). However, harsh punishments of sexual offenses against children are also a relatively recent innovation.

    But Marilee, yes saying this was “rape” is pure ignorance – its ignorant of the extremely mysognistic origins of rape laws. Its ignorant of the legal distinctions made to move rape laws away from their mysongistic origins. Its ignorant of the progress that women have made starting in the last half of the 20th Century to separate rape laws from their mysongistic origins. Its ignorant because it is extremely offensive to victims of forcible rape and people who were victims of sexual abuse as young children. Women have progressed too much in being able to control our own sexuality to persist in using outdated and misleading terms based upon outdated and sexist attitudes.

    * having sex with a married minor under the age of 18 who was not your spouse would be Common Law Adultry (as an aside, adultry – and all homosexual activity – is still technically a crime (but clearly unenforcible and unconstitutional) in the Commonwealth of Virginia which means that the state tourism motto really should be “Virginia is for Married, Heterosexual Lovers”)

    ** at Common law, there was a crime called Seduction which was having sex with a virgin over the age of 18 – and again, it was primarily seen as a property crime depriving the family the value of an chaste unmarried daughter.

    *** seriously that is the Common Law rule, if you ever want to be really offended, try reading rape cases from the early 20th or late 19th Century. In fact, even today many states have a separate crime called “Marital Sexual Assault”

    **** note that even today, many states have a different statutory section for sex crimes which is separate from the other crimes involving assault and battery of a person such as murder. This is a relic of rape’s origin as a property crime.

  • Linnea

    And the Hypocrite of the Year Award goes to…

  • labman57

    Another subhuman who uses unwarranted attacks on an entire sector of society as a smokescreen for her own perverse lifestyle.

  • Randall Gross

    You should remove or redact the facebook posts for the same reasons.

  • Donna

    Not only rape but statutory rape of a child. You can call this “casually tossing around” if you like. I don’t feel casual about it. I do feel very angry.

  • Reynardine

    In some jurisdictions, a fourteen-year-old can legally consent to sex. When sex is with, or procured by, an authority figure, however, we have a question of ward rape. Furthermore, if her mother was collecting money for her daughter’s performances, there is an issue of pimping and forced prostitution.

    Oh, Mann!

  • Eileen

    Erika, I beg to differ with you. The SPLC article states that Biron is 43 and her victim is 14 (or were at the time of the act). According to the New Hampshire criminal code: 632-A:I(b): “A person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor under any of the following circumstances: When the actor subjects another person, other than the actor’s legal spouse, who is 13 years of age or older and under 16 years of age to sexual contact where the age difference between the actor and the other person is 5 years or more.” From the charges Biron was found guilty of, if the State had decided to bring charges, they very well could have brought a sexual assault (or layman’s term “rape”) against her. Is she a rapist? Well, technically she was never convicted of sexual assault, but I think that it’s splitting a pretty fine hair to be upset with posters who want to point out that a 14 year-old girl was raped by a woman who had sex on camera with her in order to make child pornography. Maybe by New Hampshire’s definition of sexual assault the two men aren’t technically “rapists”, but I think it can be argued that Biron is.

  • aadila

    You made the right call on the side of compassion, Mark. It’s not easy to read about a story like this, and it cannot possibly be easy to write about it. I’m sure other commentators will forgive me if I mention the comment on January 11th, 2013 at 3:29 pm might need a second look. Just FYI.

  • Erika

    Marilee, as an attorney and a feminist – and a defense minded attorney at that – i do not stand for casually tossing around a term as loaded as “rape.” The fact is that under New Hampshire law a 14 year can legally consent to sex under certain circumsatances and that consent makes a major legal difference. That is consistent with most states.

    However, there is no place where it is legal for 14 year olds to appear in pornographic movies – that is why Lisa’s actions were so unacceptable and why she should spend the rest of her life in prison. The creation of child pornography is a much more serious crime even than rape. That is why Lisa is facing a 25 year mandatory minimum. There is no need to create a bad label for these people – they already have one.

  • Mark Potok

    I wasn’t as clear as I might have been in my explanatory comment above. We also edited our own post to take out references to who the victim was. Initially, we thought AP had essentially made that public, but I don’t think that’s a reason for us to do the same thing, even more explicitly. Once we’d changed the text of the post, I needed to remove the comments that reiterated what we’d removed in the post. And Erika (I tried to write you privately about this but my email bounced), I slightly redacted your last comment just to remove the same kind of reference, to the victim. I’m not normally in the business of censoring you! Mark

  • Marilee

    Ya know Erica, I believe it’s you showing a high degree of ignorance here. State whatever ordinances you want, attempting to prove how “intelligent” you are I suppose. It”‘s a serious offence no matter how you state it, and to come in with your guns blazing calling people ignorant is just mean spirited, stupid and IGNORANT. You ought to check your own self.

  • Mark Potok

    I’ve deleted some comments, not because they were somehow bad, but because we agree with the gist of them — we shouldn’t be including language that identifies the victim, and the comments I deleted made it clear who that victim was. It’s true that AP didn’t include the name of the perpetrator, but she had been identified in numerous earlier stories, so that didn’t really help. In our case, we want to keep the name of the perpetrator public — after all, she should NOT be shielded from public ignominy; she is a criminal, big time. Her victim is another story.

    Thanks as always to our many smart and perceptive commenters.

    Mark Potok

  • Mitch Beales

    Thanks for reporting the facts SPLC. I suspect the ADF would have been very happy if you had redacted Biron’s name so that they could maintain deniability. Stating that she was videotaping a rape might also obscure her participation and culpability. I think you’ve done just fine.

  • Reynardine

    After reading some of the explicit, filthily prurient screeds by these types, I can well believe this.

    And yes, this was, under several legal theories, rape.

  • adamhill

    So homosexuality is evil except when it’s homosexual incest for profit?

    I hope the poor girl is in a safe place where she can start to heal.

  • Marilee

    Yes! What the poster above, Che, said! 14 years old is a minor and the word “sex” SURELY does not apply here. You really ought to edit your story. RAPE.

  • che

    Biron and those men didn’t have sex with the girl. They raped her, and I expect SPLC to know the difference.