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Actors Charged in Child Pornography Investigation ^ | November 15, 2002 | Steve Gorman

Posted on 11/16/2002 7:50:41 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy

Comedian Paul Reubens, best known as children's television favorite "Pee-wee Herman," and veteran character actor Jeffrey Jones were charged Friday in related child pornography cases, prosecutors said.

Reubens, whose career was nearly derailed in 1991 by a lewd conduct scandal, faces a misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography stemming from a search of his home by police in November 2001, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said.

Jones, an acquaintance of Reubens who played a malevolent Puritan in "The Crucible" and a school principal in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," was charged with a felony count of using a minor for sex acts and misdemeanor possession of child pornography.

The felony count relates to allegations he hired a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photographs between September 2000 and May of last year, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said the charges do not involve any sex act being performed or any video or film being taken.

Charges against the performers grew out of searches conducted by police at their homes in related investigations. While prosecutors declined to specify how the two cases were linked, a spokeswoman for Reubens said the probes resulted from accusations made by a teenager against both men.

Reubens' attorney, Blair Berk, said the charge against the comedian were untrue. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and $2,500 fine.


At issue in Reubens' case were a "handful of images" from "an extensive collection of vintage physique art photography" seized at his home by police, a spokeswoman for Reubens told Reuters. Berk said Reubens was unaware that the collection contained anything improper.

Jones' attorney, Jeff Brodey, could not immediately be reached for comment, but he was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying the charges against his client involve only pictures, not physical contact. "This is all about photos. There's not allegations of any touching or any improper acts with a minor," Brodey told the Times, adding that Jones "is a very decent guy, and his life shouldn't be ruined."

Jones, 55, surrendered to authorities on Thursday and was released on $20,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and would have to register for life as a sex offender.

The district attorney declined to file any charges against Reubens but his spokeswoman said the City Attorney's Office waited until the last day possible under the statute of limitations to bring its misdemeanor case.

Officials said Reubens allegedly took photographs of the same boy as Jones, but prosecutors declined to bring charges against him because his photos were not found to be sexually explicit.

Reubens, best known for his nerdy, man-child Pee-wee Herman persona, had his career nearly destroyed in 1991 when he was arrested for allegedly masturbating in an adult movie theater. But he gradually has made a comeback with various offbeat character roles for television and film.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: jeffreyjones; paulreubens; peeweeherman; pornography

1 posted on 11/16/2002 7:50:41 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Where was Paula Poundstone?

(And who hired Craig Livingstone?)

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3 posted on 11/16/2002 8:00:13 AM PST by JCG
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To: Bubba_Leroy
It does appear to be a reach by the prosecutors to go after Pee Wee.

If Rubens truly has child porn then throw the book at him.

My sense is that he does not, though. And the ham-sandwich indicting prosecutors don't care. This represents a danger to every American. Rubens is vulnerable because of his past history.

Just a hunch. If I am proven wrong, I shall promptly eat my hat. Or a well done crow.


4 posted on 11/16/2002 8:15:05 AM PST by sauropod
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To: sauropod
Is this the same DA who prosecuted Winona Ryder?
5 posted on 11/16/2002 8:35:17 AM PST by billorites
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To: Bubba_Leroy
This seems to confirm the National Enquirer's story last year. I wonder why the prosecutors took so long to bring charges.

People were asking yesterday whether a 17-year-old ins't above the age of consent. This article makes it clear that the abuse started (or is at least alleged to have started) when the boy was 14.

6 posted on 11/16/2002 8:43:33 AM PST by aristeides
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To: Bubba_Leroy
There was this old chestnut:

Name two famous Americans who were shot in the back of the head.

Abraham Lincoln and the man who was sitting in front of Pee Wee Herman in the movie.

7 posted on 11/16/2002 8:44:19 AM PST by punster
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8 posted on 11/16/2002 8:47:13 AM PST by ppaul
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To: punster
Pee Wee is making a sequal. The adventures of Pee Wee Herman part II...Coming soon in a theater near you.
9 posted on 11/16/2002 8:48:47 AM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: greasyHeart
Nobody will arrest you if you have these photos:

That depends on how far the religious right's anti pornography crusade goes...

Women in this nation used to be jailed for going to the beach without their arms and legs covered.

10 posted on 11/16/2002 8:50:54 AM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Remember how all the bleeding hearts sobbed for poor Pee Wee when he got caught playing with his Wee Wee in a porno theater? "Everybody makes mistakes," they said. "He's entitled to a second chance." Well, here's his second chance. Does he get a third? A fourth? Just when do we accept that the dude is a perv and flush him from our television sets forever?

Frankly, I've always found him as funny as a burn ward. THere's something wrong with a grown man who plays the Pee Wee character. Something seriously wronnnnnnnnnggg ...

11 posted on 11/16/2002 8:52:59 AM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack
Now, now. You are being too judgmental. Having sex with 14 year old boys is just an alternate lifestyle. There is no right or wrong, just different. [/sarchasm]
12 posted on 11/16/2002 8:58:30 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Yeah, Pee Wee is a creative genius, and sometimes they're wired a little different than us mortals. If they have "unusual appetites," they can be forgiven. After all, they bring us so much and ask for so little.
13 posted on 11/16/2002 9:04:29 AM PST by IronJack
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