Sixteen-year-old Matthew Bandy was about as normal a teenager as you could find. He actually liked hanging out with his family. "He was a happy-go-lucky kid," said his mother, Jeannie Bandy. "Very personable, and big-hearted. I sound like a boastful mom, but I guess the biggest thing is that he could always make me laugh."
What was Matthew Bandy accused of? Jeannie and Greg Bandy were shocked to discover that their son was charged with possession of child pornography.
They arrested 16 year old Matthew Brady and confiscated his computer which had 9 images of Child pornography. In Arizona, each possession carries a 10 year punishment, so if convicted Matthew would have been in Prison for his entire life. His parents claim innocence. He took Lie detector tests and Psychiatric evaluation and passed both of them. And they found how the images were transferred to his computer by means of a virus. The parents went through a nightmare going through this ordeal and finally the prosecution settled with him for a minor felony punishment which still carried the stigma of being a sex offender and he will be asked to register wherever he moves or lives. One of the Judges who saw this case asked his parents to appeal against this labeling of sex offender, which Mathew Brady did and was removed from the sex offender's list. After two years of fear, they are back to normalcy again. They don't use the web anymore his computer is unplugged.
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