Monday, November 07, 2011

Ketchikan City Councilman Jack Shay Arrested, Now Charged With A Total Of 91 Counts Possession Of Child Pornography

Update April 30th, 2012: Jack Shay reaches plea agreement, pleads guilty to seven counts possession of child porn. Will be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Jack Shay (Alaska Municipal League)
Ketchikan now has a much bigger political problem than the love-struck Kyle Johansen. On Friday November 4th, 2011, Ketchikan City Councilman John W. "Jack" Shay was arrested on 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography after workers at a local computer repair shop discovered child porn images on a computer Shay brought in for repair and then notified police, as the law requires. Police obtained a search warrant and report that they discovered several printed images of child pornography at Shay's home.

The 80-year-old Shay was arraigned Saturday morning and pleaded innocent; he was released on $30,000 bail. Shay has previously served as both Ketchikan City Mayor and mayor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. He has no prior entries in the Alaska Court System database under the names of either Jack Shay or John Shay. However, this case is now documented as Case No. 1KE-11-00980CR. Since this post was first published, Shay has now announced his resignation from the city council.

Update November 10th: This case just took a huge turn for the worse for Shay. He has now been charged with an additional 81 counts of possession of child pornography for a grand total of 91 counts, as police discovered, amongst other things, a homemade video in which at least one scene involves Shay and an unidentified pre-pubescent girl. Bail is to be reset at $100,000 and a third-party custodian required. His Alaska Court System database entry now reflects these changes.

When the story initially broke on November 7th, the negative comments began to show up in the Anchorage Daily News. But what some of those commenters may not know is that child porn can actually be planted on your computer with malware or viruses without your knowledge. The FramedForChildPorn.com website contains links to a number of stories of such incidents; in the case of Michael Fiola, it took him 11 months and $250,000 in legal costs to prove that he did not willfully or deliberately acquire the child porn found on his computer. Actual pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal websites.

Unfortunately, the fact that additional paper copies of child porn were found at Shay's house during the search does not help his case -- unless he discovered it at home, printed out a few copies for evidence, then took the computer to the repair shop for a virus/malware check. It's hard to imagine an 80-year-old having any sex drive at all, never mind a taste for child porn. Of course, subsequent developments indicate that for some reason, whether it was a lifelong problem swept under the rug, or some occurrence along the way which awakened this desire, an 80-year-old man can have a sex drive -- and one that turns in the wrong direction. I'm not sure I even want to know what Shay was doing with that girl in the video.

The Sitka News published a background story on Jack Shay back on November 23rd, 2010. Shay was born on May 10, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the Korean War broke out, he joined the Air National Guard and spent his time at an air base in northern Missouri. He eventually rose to the level of E-5, the equivalent of a staff sergeant in today's Air Force. His first duties were as a cryptographer, but he was also a supply sergeant. He turned down an opportunity to attend Officer Candidate School to separate and attend the University of Minnesota. In 1960, Shay and a friend flew aboard a Grumman Goose to Ketchikan; after seeing the First City, Shay decided to stick around for a while, and has been there ever since.

12 comments:

  1. Sick SICK basta-d :( WHAT IS WRONG with these guys?! What kind of SICK SICK person is this, that would even WANT to see a CHILD... a LITTLE CHILD-- in THAT way?! How can they think that is OKAY!?

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  2. Because they are sick; their emotional wires upstairs are crossed. Most people are emotionally wired to lust after opposite sex adults in order to fulfill the Biblical commandment to be fruitful and multiply, but pedos are wired to lust after kids.

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  3. Then their 'lust' needs to be LOCKED UP or REMOVED for the SAFETY of the CHILDREN in our world. I was molested at 8 y/o, by a guy in the 1960s... EVERYONE knew this guy was molesting/raping his own daughter, as well as the other children in our neighborhood and anywhere he went- his RELATIVES would not allow their children to go there! Everyone KNEW- but they CHOSE to pretend they didn't. His WIFE knew it- and ALLOWED it. His children were raised being told that was the RIGHT way for a family to be. *Everyone* knew it, and never said a word. He took pride in his being a Jehovah's Witness- I don't know if they allow this, in that religion, but I think he made his own rules. I have NO DOUBT he'll go to hell! His daughter? Last I heard from her, she just got out of the psych hospital, after trying to swim the channel in JNO. ---- Councilman Jack Shay has 91 counts against him. He is 80 years old!!! How MANY MANY children's lives has he RUINED? How MANY counts are REALLY OUT there? God, he is SICK :( Jail is TOO GOOD for him :(

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  4. Jail will be good for him... hopefully he will get a taste of what his victims suffered.

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  5. The Actor/politician, Jack Shay was a source of funding for the local arts of Ketchikan for two decades. Comunity radio, Jack and local arts council rhode each other like a rented mule. Most Liberal reporters on this event wont use the word art in reporting this sick man. Imagine if he were a coach?

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  6. I grew up in Ketchikan and remember when Jack Shay came to work for what we call today Job Service. This truly was a shock and I fear that the children he may have molested will and have suffered much not only physically but emotionally. I, too, was molested when I was a young child and to this day can remember very vividly what this pervert did to me. It is very sad that each day we hear more stories like this about people who we trusted and admired for their work in the community. It was our good fortune that he did not realize a computer printer stored copies that were made and those repairman did the right thing turning this over to the police. They saved a child(ren).

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  7. I am also a survivor of child sexual abuse. My two sisters and I were all molested by our alcoholic stepfather who is Alaskan native. We all married young to get away from this man and found ourselves in abusive marriages. Both of my sisters have since committed suicide. It took me 35 years to heal from the wounds from my molester. This problem is far too prevalent and the damage is profound.

    As an adult, I became one of Jehovah's Witnesses. My study of the Bible has helped me tremendously in the healing process. I can say with certainty that Jehovah's Witnesses do NOT approve of, support or encourage this kind of behavior. However, as Jack Shay's case well illustrates, pedophiles can and do infiltrate every sector of society. We must all be very careful to protect our innocent little children from these predators.

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  8. One of the above said, "I think he made his own rules" about the molester who claimed to be a Jehovah Witness. I work with one of them (Jehovah Witnesses), and she assured me when I showed her this, that if it becomes known that one of their members does something like this, they are put out of the congregation, and whatever legal procedures are recommended, they will pursue. Unfortunately, I think too many abused and their family members hide this kind of behavior, or are in denial about it, so the molester isn't always discovered.

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  9. Abusers are masters at creating shame and guilt in their victims, convincing them that the abuse is their own fault. It is very difficult for victims of abuse to speak out about it and get help. Wives of pedophiles are often immobilized by heavy doses of denial. They are blind to what is happening because it is so unthinkable and unimaginably awful.

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  10. Honestly i must say i know this man personally he made a plea bargin but for thoses who knew him well so so well and actually are standing on the VICTIMS side say the plea bargin of ten years is not enough, even though he will be dead by the time he is out.

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  11. Ketchikan has a historical association to child exploitation dating back to the legalized brothels. The culture in this location is dysfunctional to say the least and the entire city government is toxic and corrupt.

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