Thursday, November 12, 2009

Austin Man Sentenced After Masturbating in Front of Children

When you first learn that a man has been sentenced to seven years in jail for masturbating, perhaps your reaction is one of shock. Certainly that punishment seems quite harsh for such an activity, even for a state like Texas that is known for dealing with criminal offenders in the strongest way possible. When you then learn that the man was participating in this solo activity while in public, the need for some incarceration becomes more apparent. It is when the final pieces of the story are revealed, that he secretly took videos of undressed women and even stood behind a young girl in a book store while masturbating, that the seven year sentence now seems to fit the crime.

Christopher Carney, a 37-year-old Austin man, was arrested in December 2008 when he was caught masturbating while looking inside a private window. He was charged with indecent exposure and window peering and released awaiting trial. When the police then searched Carney's cell phone and discovered hundreds of incriminating videos, including one taken in the children's aisle of the Book Stop, his presence was requested within a jail cell immediately.

Earlier this week, State District Judge Julie Kocurek sentenced Mr. Carney to his seven-year stint in jail after he pleaded guilty to public indecency with a child and improper photography. He already has been a resident of the Travis County Jail since turning himself into authorities at the end of January.

The criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP want you to know that we are ready to provide aggressive and experienced legal representation for anyone accused of criminal activity. While we strongly recommend that you keep the activity practiced by Mr. Carney within private and discreet locations, we can help if you are accused of poor or even dangerous judgment concerning your personal practices. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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