Lolicon Christopher Handley gets 6 Months for Loli Manga

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Christopher Handley, the manga collector who faced 15 years after postal inspectors seized his shipment of loli manga, has been sentenced to 6 months in prison for “possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material.”

The details of the case are visible in a previous report, but in summary 38-year-old Christopher Handley, a programmer who lived in his mother’s basement, ordered 7 loli manga from Japan, which customs inspector “Inspector Raper” took exception to after going through his package, leading to a series of criminal charges.

The judge ruled a number of the charges unconstitutional, but two charges based on “obscenity” stuck: “possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material,” based on a technicality – he had committed an act of “interstate commerce”:

Section 1466A, the primary statute involved in this case, prohibits the dissemination in interstate commerce of a narrow category of “hardcore” pornography involving real or apparent minors, where such depictions lack literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

The court documents confirmed that Handley had in the eyes of the court committed a definite thought crime:

Mr. Handley may argue that this case is “just about drawings,” but such a characterization is misleading. This case is not “just about drawings” any more than child pornography cases are “just about photographs,” or cases involving threatening to kill a public official are “just about words.”

The acts depicted in some of these obscene materials are punishable in many jurisdictions by decades or more of imprisonment. The sentence should reflect these facts.

It would appear that possessing fictional depictions of violent crimes should by the same measure also attract a prison sentence.

The court’s official summary is available here.

Previously it appears he tried to gull the courts and media into thinking he was in possession of “yaoi” comics, but court documents reveal exactly which manga he was charged with receiving – all, save a bestiality manga anthology, were pure loli-manga by top loli-mangaka:

Maka Fushigi – I Love Doll

Maka Fushigi – Eromon

Maka Fushigi – Kono Manko ga Sugoi

Maka Fushigi – Jidou Porno

Nekogen – Otonari Kazoku

Tamachi Yuki – Mikansei Seifuku Shoujo

Anthology – The Animal Sex Anthology Vol. 3 (Kemono For Essential 03)

His defence apparently thought they would have difficulty convincing the local jury that these edifying titles were not “obscene” and so not constitutionally protected free speech, prompting his original guilty plea, in order to save him from a lengthy minimum sentence.

This did not stop them flagrantly lying about the content of the manga in question:

“There is explicit sex in yaoi comics, and the men are drawn in a very androgynous style, which has the effect of making them look really young.

There’s a real taboo in Japan about showing pubic hair, so they’re all drawn without it, which also makes them look young.

So what concerned the authorities were the depictions of children in explicit sexual situations that they believed to be obscene.

But there are no actual children. It was all very crude images from a comic book.”

The defence claimed that of the thousands of volumes he had collected, only a few were lolicon in nature, although their credibility is rather suspect in light of the utter fabrication above. The authorities kept 80 of 1,200 volumes seized, including such eminent lolicon titles as LO.

The judge sentenced him to 6 months in jail, 5 years on various forms of probation, and forfeiture of confiscated assets (loli manga and computer).

Additionally he will face lie detector tests and psychological evaluations, at his own expense, in order to monitor his “condition.” He must also pay a $200 fine.

The sentencing document is visible here.

It seems he will not have to register as a sex offender or be barred from future computer usage.

He faced a maximum of 10 years, and a lengthy federally imposed minimum sentence if convicted without the plea bargain.

Since he pleaded guilty and was convicted specifically on grounds of moving “obscene” materials in an act of interstate commerce, the actual murky overall legal status of loli-manga as constitutionally protected free speech appears to remain unchanged.


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    Comment by MidnightTide
    05:50 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Christ, if they ever get ahold of my comp I am done for.

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    Comment by cician
    05:32 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...pornography involving real or apparent minors, where such depictions lack literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
    We need more hentai with real plot for it to contain more literary/artistic value.

    ...political...
    Make satirical hentais set in politics.

    ...scientific value
    Sensei wa ii koto wo oshiete a-ge-ru!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact that Mr. Handley is a comic book collector and has every genre, not just manga doesn't make him a lolicon since those were the only books in the entire collection

    Stay classy Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TO ALL AMERICANS:

    Since your constitution doesn't mean anything, you might as well wipe your asses with it.

    Just saying.

    16:27 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No maybe it's time for an insurrection here.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    03:44 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe this part of art is just ones ability in how well they can express a drawn character regardles of what they are or for what they were drawn,since they are only drawn characters and aren't suddenly humans,animals or whatever they say since it's still only drawn characters and they are only fictional.
    Guess people have a liking for drawn characters and the way one can express these characters,so it is considered art,but i still don't know any terms what to call this new sensation.
    I even believe guro is art,becouse one who can express himself so violently in his art is truly of artistic value that is impossible to do it so in RL and it shouldn't be done in RL.

    But if they still insist on giving rights to drawn characters,then i will draw my own waifu and demand they give her social support money since she can't get a job :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol at all the butt hurt Americans. Do you love your country as much now? try to think about this case before you go back to your usual shit of posting racist comments in the china and japan news stories

    every country is fucked up in its own way. Fucking grow up out of this 'AMERICA FUCK YEAH' that you've been weened on since kindergarten.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    'AMERICA FUCK YEAH' That's all you got?
    Let me tell you who the bad guys are. They're us. WE BE BAD.
    We're the baddest-assed sons a bitches that ever jogged in combat boots. We're three-quarters grizzly bear and two-thirds car wreck and descended from a stock market crash on our mother's side. You take your Germany, Spain, and France, roll them all together, and it wouldn't give us enough room to park our cars. We're the big boys, Jack, the original, giant, economy-sized, new and improved butt kickers of all time. When we snort coke in Houston, people lose their hats in Hong Kong. And we've got an American Express card credit limit higher than your pissant metric numbers go. Our country's never been invaded because I'd like to see the needle-dicked foreigners who'd have the guts to try. We drink napalm to get our hearts started in the morning and eat railway track like pretzel sticks. A rape and a mugging is our way of saying "Cheers." Hell can't hold our night clubs. We walk taller, talk louder, spit farther, fuck longer and buy more shit than you know the names of. I'd rather be a junkie in New York City than King, Queen and jack-shit of all you other countries. We eat countries like yours for breakfast and shit them out before lunch.
    There.
    Satisfied?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Butt-hurt? That's all you got?
    Let me tell you who the bad guys are. They're us. WE BE BAD.
    We're the baddest-assed sons a bitches that ever jogged in combat boots. We're three-quarters grizzly bear and two-thirds car wreck and descended from a stock market crash on our mother's side. You take your Germany, Spain, and France, roll them all together, and it wouldn't give us enough room to park our cars. We're the big boys, Jack, the original, giant, economy-sized, new and improved butt kickers of all time. When we snort coke in Houston, people lose their hats in Hong Kong. And we've got an American Express card credit limit higher than your pissant metric numbers go. Our country's never been invaded because I'd like to see the needle-dicked foreigners who'd have the guts to try. We drink napalm to get our hearts started in the morning and eat railway track like pretzel sticks. A rape and a mugging is our way of saying "Cheers." Hell can't handle our night clubs. We walk taller, talk louder, spit farther, fuck longer and buy more shit than you know the names of. I'd rather be a junkie in New York City than King, Queen and jack-shit of all you other countries. We eat countries like yours for breakfast and shit them out before lunch.
    There.
    Satisfied?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *boggle*
    *applaud*

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 18/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i am an american and i agree with this

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The authorities should really just shut up about all these lolicons.. Countries wont have high GDP if loli manga werent around

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In 1915 the Supreme Court of the United States of America deemed motion pictures to not be of artistic value, and thus not protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

    LET THAT SINK IN PEOPLE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did not know that. Damn.

    Here's another one. The only legally protected pornography is 'mere nudity' or single male to female vaginal-only penetration that does not show the actual ejaculation of semen.

    That's right, if you have anything more hardcore than that you could theoretically be charged with obscenity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:14 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's why Supreme Court decisions are REVISITED, which that decision was revisited and overturned.

    16:26 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's still injustice but 6 months he won't see the inside of a prison.
    BTW last I checked lie detector tests are not admissible as evidence in court.
    Really this case should have been thrown out and the postal inspector who brought up the charges fired and have his retirement revoked and given to people in Haiti.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You would hope there was a lawyer who reading these comments to go out and try to help this guy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    despite all the outrage no one will actually do anything about it, otakus keep quite and lay low till they get caught and then we see the next arrest and hear more outrage. If anything is gonna get odne at all people will have to speak up, and thats just not gonna happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Majority of the layman crowd are fucking idiots and will not listen. So good luck!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well atleast they only seem to be aressting extreme lolicons and not people like me, who enjoy regular school girl hentai.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They aren't even arresting extreme lolicons. I showed my whole lolicon collection to the FBI, as I said before, which included the Enjeru series and Lewd Angels works...... they said NOTHING on that subject.

    They were more worried about whether I had REAL child porn, and when I told them no and showed them all my stuff, they went away.

    If you are HONEST about the fact that you are a pedosexual and SELF-POWERFUL when they come to the door and give the impression that you are NOT going to be pushed around? The FBI backs down 9 times out of 10.

    They don't WANT someone (unless they are a murderer or kidnapper suspect) who is going to fight back against them.

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    Comment by Caligastia
    02:02 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is just absolutely outrageous.

    I recommend reading this article about this issue, the writer makes some good points about why this is wrong and what is really at stake here:

    http://correspondents.theatlantic.com/wendy_kaminer/2009/07/child_porn_animal_cruelty_porn_and_the_right_to_imagine.php

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And you guys who are complaining about this conviction are the same idiots who want to have guns banned. Dude, if we end up getting rid of guns, what the hell are we going to shoot conservatives with? You know, the fucking rats that put these sorts of laws into place?

    Masochists. I swear, man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What... That doesn't make any sense. You're saying people for freedom of speech/expression rights are against gun rights?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another reason to not actually buy manga.

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    Comment by patamon
    15:57 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as I hate pedophiles, I think the idea that loli manga encourages pedophilia is ridiculous. I'd prefer for the people who are interested in that to satisfy their interests through manga than to exploit real children. It's not like we can ever eliminate pedophilia entirely. Punishing someone for their preferred reading material is just ridiculous. It's only a matter of time until we're living in some kind of 1984-esque society.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pedophiles are not child molesters. Wanting to have sex with children does not mean a person doesn't have a choice on acting on such impulses.

    People are INNOCENT until proven guilty. Not the other way around.

    There are plenty of pedophiles in the world, and many are not monsters. They didn't ask to be born with the attraction to children, anymore than gays asked to be attracted to the same sex.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    16:58 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the end, we all need to replace every single leader of all the world's super-powers with raging, perverted otakus...

    Tis' the only way...

    No war, no moral dilemma, no drama...

    Think about it...

    Unrestricted making of videogames and movies...

    No more "Oh no, you can't senselessly kill children in a videogame!!!" and "You can't show this in a movie!"...

    If the creative minds of scientists and perverts collide, hell...We may even have Chobits...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn straight Loli is an outlet, just like violent video games are an outlet for violent tendencies. They are a pacifier not an instigator/motivator. Hense why places with access to such outlets have lower related crime rates than places without access to such materials.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are you people mixing the EU with the US? From what I know, there's no law in the EU that bans the possession of loli(or any other kind) of manga. It's just drawings after all. It's just a problem of the north america(US and Canada(and probably australia too)), clearly 2 very retarded countries!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aussie won't even let you have a naked picture of 60 yrs old women (or man dressed up as woman)if they ain't got boobs. Thx to Australian Sex Party, flat chest aren't allowed there

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, that law is being challenged in the courts now and it's expected to be nullified by the courts on human rights grounds.

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    Comment by Firelord
    22:41 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    US, UK, Canada and Australia all seem to be in disfavor of lolicon. I heard Germany bans it too, but I'm not sure about that.

    The Netherlands (where I live) has laws against virtual CP, but it's uncertain whether or not this includes lolicon. Goes for several other countries as well.

    23:51 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ..he tried to gull the courts and media into thinking he was in possession of “yaoi” comics

    So basically, it's A-okay if it's gay porn but not if he's being heterosexual on young 2D girls..?

    ..Additionally he will face lie detector tests..

    Added more ridiculousness to this case; they're actually making it sounds like he's possessing a stolen top secret document from the military instead of collection of papers with inexistent girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imaginary punishments only for imaginary crimes ....

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The disturbing aspect of this decision is that the legal distinction between imagining a crime and actually doing it has been removed.

    I'm no fan of loli porn. But clearly there is a difference between taking a photograph of a real girl illegally having sex and drawing a picture from imagination of such an act.

    If there is any scientific evidence that looking at loli porn leads you to rape underage girls, clearly the law would be justified. However I don't think there is anything to show it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:19 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, but the PROBLEM is that saying that the girl having sex is illegal violates HER constitutional rights, which children do have the SAME RIGHTS under the law as adults do.
    The Constitution says "ALL MEN" meaning... ALL HUMANITY, whether children, adults, babies, etc.

    All humans have the same right AND the same responsibilities when it comes down to it.

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    00:46 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So wait, did i read that correct?
    He received 6 Months in Jail for BUYING Loli Mangas?
    This country is really fucked up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No matter how you look at it, no average layperson and certainly no government nor nation will approve loli.

    Tolerate, maybe to some extent... but definitely never approve.

    The moral of this story:
    If you have to get your loli fix, do it quietly, stay low, and don't get involved with the law.

    You don't want to be caught. Ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf in some coutry a 60 year old bastard can marry a 9 - 10 old little girl legally ??

    But we need know is exactly to law ??
    what material is banned or illegal of those import stuffs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trying to confuse the court with "yaoi" and "loli" is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. I'm sorry, but this guy gets no sympathy from me.

    First, knowingly break the law and getting caught.

    Second, lying to the judge.

    And thirdly, this will likely set precedence to future cases. Increased postal inspections? Tighter enforcement? Change the law to prosecute all loli manga owners? Angry politicians and vigilantes out to witch-hunt anime and manga communities? Don't forget, we can now add "lier" to our long list of unsavory characteristics that define our profile.

    Sorry, buddy.. you deserve what you get.

    And you're unknowingly dragging the rest of us down with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please, get your head out of your asshole. You are robbing your brain of oxygen.

    He broke no law. He has the right to view whatever he wants, even "obscene" material in the privacy of his house. It is a federal crime to look at someone else's mail.

    It's pieces of shit like you why we are losing our rights. You raise your little white flag and surrender for what millions died for only 60 years ago.

    16:31 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree he broke no law but that postal inspector did break the law.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, the funny thing is that the postal inspector didn't break the law... anyone that comes into the country from overseas CAN be opened by postal inspectors to make sure that it is not illegal to import..... they usually only open one package out of 1000 though, so this guy just had craptacular luck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who knows maybe he was first convicted only with yaoi and then they found loli?
    Or was somebody else not saying the whole thing and not him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He was a manga collector. He had imported thousands of them before this, none of them loli.

    This was the first time he ordered 7 lolicon manga, some asshole would open his mail, which is a federal offense.

    They x-ray these packages and only suppose to inspect ones that are suspicious. How are books suspicious?

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    Comment by Kaz M
    11:10 28/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    x-raying packages with books:

    When I came back from Japan, I had 55 manga/light novels stuffed into my backpack. At security (in America) they had to re-scan my bag with some manga in a different container, because all the paper stopped the x-rays lol.
    At least I wasn't old enough to buy porn yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Mr. Handley may argue that this case is “just about drawings,” but such a characterization is misleading. This case is not “just about drawings” any more than child pornography cases are “just about photographs,” or cases involving threatening to kill a public official are “just about words.”

    alright, what about every horror movie in existence? killing people is obviously a serious crime, yet many people watch, make, and enjoy films depicting such acts.
    any form of entertainment that does not involve actual human right violation should not be illegal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With crap like this happening, the industry wonders why we download instead of ordering from Japan. THIS would be why. And I can guarantee you that if the person in this case who got railroaded ever gets loli manga again, it will be downloaded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I ordered loli figures from japan and im in the us da fuck is this shit I thought this was in canada fuck this im pissed gonna go buy some loli lol










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