Jean’s Story

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Story by KXAN Austin News’ Jim Swift

The jail
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — A unique and troubling legal case is unfolding in Williamson County. A young man named Jean Karlo Ponzanelli is in the county jail in Georgetown, facing a long prison term. That sentence would be followed by 10 years on the Texas Sex Offender Registry, except that, in this case, Ponzanelli stands to be deported to Mexico following his prison term.

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Eric’s Story

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In 2006, my son Eric, then 22, was arrested for chatting online with a 15-year-old girl. They were just friends and had never met in person. But one day when he thought he was chatting with her for a few moments, he was actually chatting with her father.

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Dustin’s Story

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I know of a young man who’s life has been severely damaged due to current sex offender laws. His situation occurred only one (1) month after his 18th birthday, while he was still in high school. The girl was with her father when she met this particular young man at his place of employment and claimed to be 16.

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Derek’s Story

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When Derek was 18, he had just moved out and was living on his own. A friend had introduced him to the prospect of selling books on the internet. Derek was making a pretty good living. He was chatting on the internet with a 13 year old girl and I am sure it was not his first time.

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Billy’s Story

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THE U.S. IS A ONE MISTAKE COUNTRY FOR THE MENTALLY ILL;

The Federal judge looked down sternly upon the young man who was standing before him awaiting his sentence for downloading images with pornographic pictures of children from the internet. 

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Adam’s Story

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My son is in federal prison because he crossed state lines. For over two years he had been friends with a girl he met on the internet. When he was 21 and she was in high school, after 2 years of phone calls, letters and chatting, they fell in love.

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