A federal judge lowered the gavel on a Keesler airman Dec. 19, by sentencing him to a lifetime without Internet access.
According to the Air Force Times, Airman 1st Class Joshua Lee Griffith, pleaded guilty to possessing images of children engaging in sexual acts. They were stored on Griffith’s hard drives, thumbdrives, CDs and floppy disks.
Although the judge could have given Griffith 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, perhaps his sentence was even more costly.
Griffith was sentenced to three years in federal prison after which he is to register as a sex offender, undergo drug testing and never again access the Internet.
While few have much sympathy for a man who enjoys looking at images of statutory rape, we should also question a sentence which may hinder the man’s ability to ever again contribute to society. Of course we all lived without the Internet as recently as 15 years ago, but things have changed so much now it is the standard avenue of business.
Griffith will never again be able to check his online balance on his checking account, send or receive emails (more and more a primary form of communication) or participate in corporate teleconferences. With such a restriction can this former pilot find employment after his jail time?
Sure I’m glad this predator won’t be lurking around my child’s inbox, but was there a better way to handle this?