From the same ethically challenged nutters who want to
tour the world stomping on baddies of the month.
From The Wichita Eagle
Jeffrey Klazura won't go to prison for downloading two pictures of adult
women posing nude. But he will spend the next two years with Uncle Sam
looking over his shoulder anytime he surfs the Internet. Another wrong click
of the mouse could send him to prison.
Klazura was charged with obscenity, which the law says is whatever the
people of Kansas say it is. A Section of the U.S. Sharia is titled Importation or transportation of obscene matters. It outlaws receiving
through the mail or over the Internet any obscene, lewd, lascivious or
filthy material including books, letters, pamphlets, pictures, video, or
If they wanted to apply that charge to a certain photo from Playboy,
Penthouse or Hustler, it would be up to a jury to decide if that photo was
obscene, said Dan Monnat, Klazura's lawyer.
The nation's highest court defined obscenity as whether
person, applying contemporary community standards would find that the
work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest. "Prurient" means
Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas saw Klazura's
pictures and called them obscene. But after successfully striking a plea
bargain, the government never had to present its evidence in court.
Klazura kept the two pictures of nude women on his home computer. But the
government wouldn't have found them had they not arrested him for pictures
he said he didn't want, according to court documents filed by the U.S.
A Wichita postal inspector, posing as a mail carrier, delivered a package
to Klazura containing pictures of young-looking females. Klazura had asked a
Yahoo photo service to convert the pictures from electronic form to photo
When Yahoo notified Klazura by e-mail that the pictures could be illegal,
he immediately canceled his order, court records show. The postal inspector
got permission to go ahead and deliver Klazura's canceled order, leading to
Because of the young-looking females in some of the photographs, the St.
Thomas Aquinas Elementary School teacher suddenly found himself facing a
child pornography indictment. The government later dropped those charges,
after seizing and searching his home computer.
After Monnat accused the government of trapping Klazura into a criminal
action, the U.S. attorney offered a plea for the lesser obscenity charges.
The U.S. attorney's office also wouldn't comment on the number of similar
stitch ups it has prosecuted.
During his sentencing, Klazura's voice shook as he offered his apologies
to his former students, to family and friends for the "shame and
embarrassment" he caused them. Before the judge, Klazura asked for
forgiveness from God. (presumably for his ethically
For the next two years, Klazura will have to keep the government informed
of his whereabouts in cyberspace. He has to provide passwords. Federal
probation officers can check his computer at any time. They can attach
software to let them watch his online activity. And he will always have a
record as a convicted felon.