|Jack Shay (Alaska Municipal League)|
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.