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Man Tries to Frame Coworker With Child Porn

A 39-year-old east London handyman tried to get a promotion by framing his co-worker with child pornography.

The "wickedly evil and vile plot" was devised by Neil Weiner. In order to get 62-year-old school caretaker Eddie Thompson out of the picture, Weiner anonymously sent police a CD containing 177 indecent images of children, claiming that the files were taken from Thompson's laptop. The police took the bait and confiscated the device--235 additional offensive pictures were discovered on the hard drive.

Despite his pleas of innocence and claims of being framed, Thompson was arrested.

Released on bail and awaiting the impending trial, Thompson and his family were afraid to show up in public due to receiving various threats. Thompson also said that--after returning from suspension to Swanlea secondary school in Whitechapel, east London--he was shunned by "almost all" of the staff.

"My life and good name was nearly destroyed by a villain who tried to destroy my reputation in a monstrous manner," he said.

Charges were dropped eight months after his arrest. The local authorities tracked an additional, anonymous call from Weiner back to his mobile phone. Further investigations showed that Weiner--deemed as a computer wizard--planted the images on Thompson's laptop. Prosecuting attorney Richard Milne surmised that the plot was carried out "for no better reason than to get him the sack, and because he did not like him."

Apparently the plan had been in the works for some time. Testimonies revealed that Weiner had spoken at a barbecue, displaying his dislike for Thompson and how he wanted to put child porn on the man's laptop so he would be fired. Some of the images that were actually used were level 4, the second most serious.

Weiner was eventually convicted of "perverting the course of justice" along with two counts of possessing indecent images of children. He was placed on the sex offenders' list and now faces a possible long prison sentence when he returns to court on September 23.

  • mlopinto2k1
    Bewn, Bewn, Bewn... ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!
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  • castle songbird
    live action trolling
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  • jellico
    I wondered how long it would be before something like this happened. This guy might well have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for (no, not the meddling kids) but his big mouth (you'd be surprised how many criminals are caught this way).

    This is why I do not like contraband laws (i.e. you can be jailed just for having something regardless of motive, intent or how it got there).

    Make possession of child porn a minor offense (only requiring a fine). Make possession of child porn by a registered sex offender a felon. Make distribution of child porn a misdemeanor. Make PRODUCTION of child porn an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole.
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  • Maxor127
    Scary how easily that guy could've gotten away with it. I don't know if police in the U.S. would go that extra mile to make sure a suspect is guilty or not. His reputation is still probably ruined forever.
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  • christop
    What a TRUE PRICK..
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  • coldmast
    Sociopaths are all around us.
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  • jellico
    Maxor127Scary how easily that guy could've gotten away with it. I don't know if police in the U.S. would go that extra mile to make sure a suspect is guilty or not. His reputation is still probably ruined forever.No, they wouldn't. The job of the police and the DA's office is to collect evidence of a crime and prosecute it, not to actually discover the truth. If you want that, you have to spend huge amounts of your own money and hope the jury believes your expert. In these cases, however, most people on the jury are ready to castrate you without a trial. Think about all of the people that you see in the news that are arrested for possession of child porn. Now, how many of those are innocent people whose computer's were infected with malware and used as a server without their knowledge. Police and DA's are afraid of that becoming a common defense, so they downplay the likelihood of that happening and claim that they can rule that out definitely. But most of us on TH know better. Some of that malware is EXTREMELY sophisticated and easily capable of defeating AV software and going completely undetected.
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  • JonathanDeane
    It's scary how close this came to working... or maybe he really did have child porn on his machine and this was a successful "I didn't do it."

    Either way its better to er on the safe side since they can't prove he did do it. Now if they can prove that the guy DID plant this child porn on this other guys machine.... He should be charged with distributing child porn and all the nice goodies that come along with that charge...

    The innocent one (which ever one it is) is probably ruined for life. So they should be able to sue the actual offender for huge damages to set an example for anyone else contemplating some set up like this.
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  • Verrin
    The true monsters are his friends and colleagues who were ready to throw him to the dogs. I don`t think I`d want to be friends with these people even after of being cleared of charges.
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  • maestintaolius
    jellicoNo, they wouldn't. The job of the police and the DA's office is to collect evidence of a crime and prosecute it, not to actually discover the truth. If you want that, you have to spend huge amounts of your own money and hope the jury believes your expert. In these cases, however, most people on the jury are ready to castrate you without a trial. Think about all of the people that you see in the news that are arrested for possession of child porn. Now, how many of those are innocent people whose computer's were infected with malware and used as a server without their knowledge. Police and DA's are afraid of that becoming a common defense, so they downplay the likelihood of that happening and claim that they can rule that out definitely. But most of us on TH know better. Some of that malware is EXTREMELY sophisticated and easily capable of defeating AV software and going completely undetected.Or even getting 'cp-rick rolled' and ending up with crap like that in your cache. It why I never ever click tinyurl/pic links, regardless of how much I trust the site the link is on.
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