- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2014

John Grisham, one of the world’s best-selling crime-fiction writers, has apologized after suggesting in a recent interview that the U.S. legal system should be softer on people who consume child pornography.

“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he said in a statement posted to his website.

Mr. Grisham had told The Telegraph about a time when his college friend stumbled upon an underage pornography website by accident and had to serve three years in prison.

“His drinking was out of control and he went to a website,” he told the British newspaper. “It was labeled ‘sixteen-year-old wannabe hookers’ or something like that. And it said ‘16-year-old girls,’ so he went there. Downloaded some stuff — it was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. He shouldn’t have done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door, ‘FBI!’ “

“There’s so many of them now — there’s so many ‘sex offenders’ — that’s what they’re called, that they put them in the same prison,” he said, The Daily Mail reported. “We have prisons now filled with guys my age … Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, [who] would never touch a child.”

Mr. Grisham’s statement Thursday said his comments “were in no way intended to show sympathy for those “convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children.

“I can think of nothing more despicable,” he said. “I regret having made these comments and apologize to all.”


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