Evan Emory: Youtube Video Earns Arrest, Possible Jail Stint

February 17, 2011
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Evan Emory’s Youtube video has gone viral—but for all the wrong reasons. Now this guy may go from prankster to cellmate in a matter of months.

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The guitarist apparently thought it would be funny to piece together a video that gives the viewer the impression that he was singing a dirty song in front of a group of first graders.

After getting permission to sing to the children for a ‘personal project,’ Emory claims he sang an innocuous song in front of the kids. It wasn’t until he revisited the empty classroom that he filmed himself singing a sexually explicit one.

Sprinkle in a little time and the magic of non-linear editing, and BAM… you have the perfect storm for a felony charge.

Authorities in Muskegon, Michigan are alleging that Evan Emory’s Youtube video could be in violation of a law designed to prevent people from creating ‘child sexually abusive material.’ Though the kids were not present for lyrics like “I want to stick my index finger in your anus,” prosecutors still charge that the video is a violation.

It certainly doesn’t help Mr. Emory that the video clearly shows some of the kids’ faces. The parents are now experiencing an emotion that falls somewhere between fired up and livid, and many of them were present at his first court date demanding that he be punished.

Naturally some supporters of Emory are invoking the first amendment, and claim that his arrest in a violation of his right to free speech.

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

To me, the issue has everything to do with showing the students’ faces. That was a real bone-headed thing to do. It would be one thing to show a group of kids from behind swaying to the music, but when you produce a video showing you singing “see how long it takes to make your panties mine” that shows somebody else’s kid, you should expect trouble.

What a douche. See him in court here.

Of course the offending material has been taken off the web, but I have thrown in another Evan Emory Youtube video for you to check out. Do you think this guy should do time?

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8 Responses to “Evan Emory: Youtube Video Earns Arrest, Possible Jail Stint”

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    JTG Says:

    Doesnt anyone see how absolutely idiotic the prosecution is here…he did not perform the song in front of the children, this was edited after the fact….This should not ruin a young man’s life. It was a joke…when Dave Chapelle did it on his TV show did people complain then? No its ok for Dave as his was on a TV show…. THIS IS AMERICA people stop acting like its a communist country.

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    Korea Beat Says:

    I don’t know anything about this law, but I fail to see how this is ‘child sexually abusive material’. Obviously this law is aimed at child pornography that shows children being raped and abused. This video isn’t even close to that.

    I can understand the parents being upset, but the prosecutor wants Mr. Emory to spend TWENTY YEARS in prison as a sex offender? Living in fear of rape and violence every day? How is that justice?

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    Alan Dershowitz Says:

    This is an example of a stupid, irrational, and unethical prosecution inventing a crime where none occured. The writer of the above article claims that because you can see the childrens faces, that it qualifies as some kind of crime.

    No, it doesn’t. It is a silly prank, in bad taste. The fact that these Nazi-like prosecutors are attempting to send an innocent man to jail shows that they are truly evil people.

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    boodah Says:

    This is the dumbest sh!t I’ve ever heard. The prosecution should be held accountable for waiting time and money and this guy should sue the prosecution for defamation. I hope he gets rich somehow because of this experience.

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    Good Lord Says:

    I agree with all the comments above. It’s absolutely ludicrous that the author of this article thinks that a comedian should be sent to prison for making a video with adult content. The images of children (who in no way participated in or were exposed to the adult content) are not some sacrosanct taboo that must not be tampered with!

    People may not remember this, but we actually have rights in this country. The rights to speak freely, to create artistically. Not every creative endeavor is going to be the Mona Lisa — if YOU don’t find something funny, should someone go to JAIL? No! Like boodah, I don’t know this Emory guy at all, but I hope he gets rich off of this travesty.

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    Joan Says:

    Well, I am the author of the article, and never did I say it is a crime.. I just said he is a douche. I simply indicated why the prosecution thinks it is a crime. Those aren’t my thoughts..

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    neoYTPism Says:

    The guy wrote a disclaimer in the edited video that children weren’t actually around when he sang the dirty version. Apparently this wasn’t enough for some people.

    Give a mouse a cookie and he’ll ask for a glass of milk…

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    Stacy Says:

    I think it is a very sticky situation. I don’t think the prosecution should be able to equate him with a sex offender, but he does present a very negative situation.