I received an email last night claiming Kevin Strom, whom I knew 24 years ago only as a white activist, is about to be released from prison after pleading guilty, as I understand, to one count of child porn (specifically, ONE image he supposedly made himself with Photoshop).
I have noted in earlier posts on this tragic topic that Strom's father committed suicide when Kevin was 27 -- and therein lies a tale in my experience as a person who was molested myself for years.
As I posted earlier, Kevin had a certain veneer of arrogance that many noticed (and also disliked) -- but arrogance, in my experience, can often mask some sort of actual lack of confidence.
I can only speculate what may have gone on in Kevin's own childhood -- but somehow I doubt it was happy. This is not to excuse in
any way child porn (IF Strom ever really possessed any), but rather to point out that nothing arises in a vacuum.
I note that all the other charges against him, including stalking children and threatening witnesses -- instigated by his vengeful, hate-crazed and apparently lying ex-wife -- were thrown out the first day of the trial by the judge.
I will conclude by saying that as a Congressional candidate in 1990 and today, as a presidential candidate, I advocate the death penalty for child molesters -- and I advocate the death penalty for all involved in these rings.
Below is the text of the news story, followed by comments on the blogsite by various readers, including myself.
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Neighborhood watch: Kiddie porn possessor to be released
Kevin Strom in a pre-arrest Wikipedia page photo.
Kevin Strom, who was sentenced to 23 months for possession of child pornography and who proudly counts himself a white separatist, gets out of prison tomorrow, and his pending residence in the 1100 block of St. Charles Court is causing some neighborhood consternation.
Filling neighborhoods with unwanted racial pamplets and papers has long been a tactic of white supremacist organizations. In this case, however, it appears someone in the neighborhood, or someone who doesn?t like Kevin Strom, may be doing the leafleting.
The Charlottesville neighborhood where Strom, founder of a now-defunct white separatist organization called the National Vanguard, will live with his mother, stepfather, and two children has been papered with fliers warning about the registered sex offender who will be residing among them.
Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo, who lives in that
neighborhood, hopes Strom gets a fair treatment in his transition back into society.
?We talk a lot about redemption,? says Longo. ?He?s served his sentence. I would hope people will not pre-judge.?
Longo calls Strom?s mother and stepfather ?good people? and ?good neighbors,? and he says his children play with Strom?s children, who have been living with Strom?s mother while he was incarcerated on the child porn possession charge. And Longo points out that Strom, who has been at the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, will be heavily supervised during his 15-year probation.
Strom went to trial last year on charges of enticement of a minor and witness intimidation, charges that were thrown out. He pleaded guilty to one count of child porn possession, but said he?d possessed it ?unwillingly,? and at the April 21 sentencing declared, ?I am not a pedophile.?
His estranged wife, Elisha Strom, denies leafleting St. Charles Court about
Strom?s September 3 release, but says, ?Someone has to notify the neighborhood, especially since he?s still pretending to be innocent.?
The Stroms? tempestuous relationship was revealed in court last fall, after Elisha Strom?s phone calls to police accusing Strom of kiddie porn possession, stalking a 10-year-old friend of her daughter?s and intimidation of a witness? herself? led to felony charges. She did admit to bashing Strom on the head with a telephone.
While Strom is not prohibited from being around his minor children, Elisha Strom maintains that her husband is a danger to children. ?He?s in denial,? she says. ?[Strom and his parents] are trying to play the victim. They?re not victims.?
Another St. Charles Court resident, who asked that her name not be used, is most concerned about ?those two wonderful children living in that household with Kevin?s mother.? She says, ?I can?t imagine the impact on them. I just don?t know what the publicity
is going to do to those children.?
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John de Nugent September 2nd, 2008 | 9:33 pm
The article fails to say that most of the charges and accusations in this article were thrown OUT by the judge on the very first day.
Kevin Strom may have been guilty of something or he may have been railroaded. But there is no evidence he ever harmed children. As a person who was molested myself, l I have no forgiveness for true pedophiles. but there is no evidence he was one. There IS evidence the court knew he was a white rights activist. . . .
In any case, the man has done his time.
Kevin Strom Released from Prison at cvillenews.com September 2nd, 2008 | 9:51 pm
[...] Neo-Nazi and little-girl-lover Kevin Strom gets out of prison tomorrow. He?s paid his debt to society, but that doesn?t mean you can?t despise him. [...]
September 2nd, 2008 | 10:01 pm
Kiddie porn is the easiest crime in America to be set up for, and it is virtually impossible to defend against. The accusation alone is enough to convict. Whether this guy did or did not possess child pornography, he has done his time and deserves the chance to start over. Michelle Obama is right - America is a mean country!
Mr T September 2nd, 2008 | 11:20 pm
The facts are that regardless of whether or not he was ?railroaded? because of his beliefs about race, the jury has spoken and as a society we need to keep a watchful eye on our neighbor. Pedophiles have a huge failure rate and it is up to Mr. Strom to keep himself well out of harm's way. It is also up to anyone involved to be fair in both directions when protecting the children. You cannot unring a bell or unmolest a child.
Marie Drummond September 3rd, 2008 | 12:24 am
Mr. T - where are you getting
your statistics for the ?huge failure rate?? US Dep?t of Justice statistics on recidivism among sex offenders of all types shows a 5.3% re-arrest rate, and a 3.5% re-conviction rate. Dept. of Justice statistics for the same period show rearrest rates for all violent crimes at 61.7%, and reconviction for violent offenders at 46.9%. Yet those ex-cons aren?t singled out and subjected to vigilante harrassment upon release.
Demonizing people who have served their time, taken their treatment, and returned to society neither protects children nor honors America?s ideals of ?justice for all.? It merely fans the fires of the latest hysteria - and in doing puts children at risk by so inflating the registered sex offender lists that the true (and rare) predator who is a real danger to others is concealed in the registry list instead of being highlighted as legislation like ?Megan?s Law? intended.
John de Nugent September 3rd, 2008 | 7:30 am
Dear Marie Drummond,
The DOJ statistics you cite sound very encouraging, but they DO fly in the face of all I have ever heard about pedophile recidivism. I recall as a then Massachusetts resident the then governor 1991-97, William Weld, a former U.S. Assistant Attorney General under Reagan (Harvard college summa cum laude and then Harvard Law School grad) on the topic, and he was saying on television that the recidivism rate for child molesters was around 80% and, he said with dejection and disgust, it seemed an incurable addiction.
I of course would like to believe your hopeful assertion, Marie, not his. I am, however, very concerned, in view of shocking books such as the Franklin Coverup by Nebraska state senator John DeCamp (avalable at amazon.com), that there is a federal-level conspiracy to minimize child molestation because it actually
goes on in the Congress and among congressional staffers. Pat Buchanan is one of the few commentators to openly say the Republicans still have a serious problem here with pedophiles. Wherein lies the truth? I will repeat that I was molested myself, and for years, and I am very deeply interested in your reply, Marie
On the topic of The Franklin Coverup, here is an accurate review on the Amazon site (I know Ted Gunderson, former regional director of the FBI, and he also vouches for DeCamp's book):