Title The Lie

Story of the Lie

How It Starterd

A young man, our son Jerry, faces a potential prison term of many years for a "crime" committed in innocence based on the deceit of the "victim". It was a "crime" of mutual love for which society may ask our son to pay with loss of his years of youth. He was charged with two felony counts of "lewd and lascivious" assault based on a weekend affair with a young lady he had met on the Internet. This young lady had told him that she was 18 years old. She came to Florida to meet him.

But she was not 18 years old. She was not yet even 15 years old. Our son was misled by the lie and by her manner and physical maturity. Consensual love occurred. We are told that under Florida law, guilt of "lewd and lascivious" assault is independent of knowledge about the age of the "victim". But in this case, does the potential punishment fit the crime? A clean-cut, lonely young man met a lonely young lady. Yes, God's law against sex outside of marriage was broken. But man's law would not have been broken had the young man not been led to believe, by the girl herself, that she was of age.

The jeopardy is great. But even the legal term, "lewd and lascivious" , meaning "dirty and depraved", does not fit this real- life situation. There was nothing "dirty and depraved" about the actions of these two young people. And Jerry, loving single father of a four year old daughter is not "dirty and depraved" in any way. The jeopardy in Florida, we are told, is made even further more terrifying by Florida's mandatory sentencing guidelines. Is it really possible in our America that an entrapment of an innocent into such a victimless crime as this can result in the entrapped being punished equally with the truly "dirty and depraved" pedophiles of the world who prey on our children? Let us pray that true justice will prevail.

Friends and relatives from Missouri to Virginia and points between have been praying for Jerry and us. Thank you all and please continue your prayers because we know the power of prayer.
Pray for Jerry that he will gain strength in the Lord as a result of his ordeal. Pray that he will find peace by letting go of his worries, letting them go into the arms of the Almighty. Pray that he will find in Christ the strength to endure inflictions of the world and emerge as a witness to others of God's love.
Pray for Alice and me that we will be strong in the Lord and will be led to do that which is best for Jerry. Pray that we too will emerge as stronger Christians because of this ordeal.
Pray for Jerry's lawyer that he will have the wisdom and the knowledge of law to legally defend and protect Jerry from the horrors of prison. We feel that God started answering our prayers from the beginning of this nightmare. We located a local lawyer through the Legal Bar Referral Service and could only hope that we had selected well.

An Answered Prayer

The bond was originally set very high; and since we were dealing by telephone and were out of state, the local bondsmen would accept only cash collateral in the amount of the total bond. This sum was impossible to obtain within short notice and we prayed that we would find a way to keep Jerry from having to spend another night in that county jail.

The lawyer we had obtained said we could not have been more fortunate in the selection of the judge who functioned at the bond hearings that day. We think that was our first sign of answered prayer. The judge, at our lawyer's urging, reduced the bond by 75%. By the time we got that word, we had less than 30 minutes in which to wire the money. But we made the deadline and the money got to the bondsman's bank before closing time. Jerry was released on bond.

Another Answered Prayer? Jerry Lee and I had met with the lawyer and Alice said later she also would like to meet him. One of Alice's first questions at this meeting was, "Are you a Christian?". I cringed at the question because, to me, his given name sounded Jewish. Then came the second sign of answered prayer.
"Yes Mam, I certainly am. In fact, I just got back from helping at a Christian youth camp."

Pray for the young lady that she will find Christ if she is not a Christian. Pray that she will find peace within herself and with her family. We can only guess that she too was lonely and perhaps had an unhappy family life. We wish to God that she had been the age she claimed to be. We can imagine a most happy ending had that been the case. But it was not. Pray that the bonding of these two souls in mutual love will not result in the destruction of either of their lives. Pray that, instead, it will result in both of them coming closer to the Lord and being effective witnesses for Him to unknown numbers of people in future years. THE LIE My son's story started recently on his 24th birthday. To him, that night seemed like the happy ending to a sad story of loneliness and disappointment. Instead, it was the beginning of a nightmare that now continues with promised horrors too terrible to imagine. He had found a kindred spirit, a kind soul, a pretty girl, a friend with whom to confide, a mutual love at first sight. Truly, his guardian angel had sent him an angel on his birthday. But a lie from that angel turned the gift into one of doom and damnation instead of happiness and ever-lasting love. Jerry, like many teenagers, had married too young. A father at nineteen. A single father at 22. His divorced wife Wendy moved with their daughter from Pennsylvania to Florida . Even though he had always been close to his family, had many friends back home, and knew not a soul in Florida, Jerry packed up his things and moved with his dog Rocky to be close to the baby daughter he adored and loved. He found an apartment a few blocks from Wendy's, managed to work enough odd jobs on which to get by, and amiably shared custody of daughter Bekka. But when his mother Alice and I would talk with him on the phone our hearts would break because the loneliness could not be veiled by his more cheerful words. He knew he could not provide for himself and his daughter adequately with the type of unskilled jobs to which he was being confined. He had a plan to correct this and in the Spring of 1998, using school loans, grants and help from us he commenced full-time night studies in electonics at ITT. His mother and I were thrilled when he finished the first semester with a 3.9 grade point average. As a youngster he had excelled in sports but had been bored to the point of neglect by academics. To us and to him it appeared that he was on his way to a rewarding career. He saw and cared for his daughter frequently and Wendy remained a good friend, but he was still lonely. TOOL FOR GOOD OR EVIL: Alice and I bought Jerry a computer as a early birthday present just before the second semester started. We thought it would help in his school work and we also wanted him to get on the Internet. I thought we could bring our scattered family closer together using E-mail since we and each of Jerry's three sisters were on the net. Internet access commenced about the first week in July. CHAT ROOM ROMANCE: Jerry was a true novice on the Internet but the modern user friendliness of the search engines soon entice the new user into trying out the "Chat Rooms". For a lonely person, isolated in an apartment virtually alone in a town far away from home, these chat-lines must seem like the next best thing to being among friends. And to which chat-lines might any lonely young adult migrate? How about one with the title, "Romance"? That was the innocent start to a chain of events that has put the lives of all those who love him on hold and Jerry's on the verge of destruction. I don't know how the conversation went and I doubt that Jerry could recall it in any detail. But I can imagine how the friendly chatter starts with multiple parties on the line; each perhaps telling only enough about themselves to arouse the interest of the others. Just like in real life, eventually the chatter of the group gives way to that of one-on-one of a pair. Did they use handles or real names? I don't know. It does not matter. One of those cyberspace messages directed to Jerry was ostensibly from a young lady. She invited him to a "private room". He was so naive that he did not even know what that meant and had to be given directions on how to get to the "private room". Who was the enticer here? Once in the private room, their cyberspace conversations were isolated to just the two of them, or perhaps to others who had sneaked in to eavesdrop. They shared their lives with one another. Or at least Jerry did. He told the truth about who he was, how old he was, that he was a divorced father sharing custody of his daughter, and that he was going to school. The young lady told a big lie. She said she was 18 years old. Jerry was lonely and looking for companionship. That is why he was in the Romance Chat Room. The young lady was in the Romance Chat Room also. For what was she looking? For thrills? For romance? Or for a way out? The private room was not private enough, so they exchanged telephone numbers and the chat room romance graduated to a telephone romance. That soon led to the next step when the young lady told Jerry she was coming to Florida with a girlfriend and could he meet her? The meeting place was about a 45 minute drive for Jerry and they met in person for the first time at a movie theater. The young lady's looks did not belie her claim to be 18 years old. The following day she called Jerry again, told him there was nothing at home to stay for, and would he please come and pick her up? He agreed and she was waiting for him outside the residence of her girlfriends's grandparents with whom she had been staying. They spent the remainder of that night in his apartment. The next day was his birthday and they celebrated it together. CRIME OF CONSENSUAL LOVE: Alice and I were attending a family party in Missouri that Saturday night. There were 17 of us on the host's deck when we called Jerry to wish him Happy Birthday. We caught him on his cell phone just as he was returning to his apartment from having been out to dinner. and the whole group sang the traditional song to him. "That's sweet but corny", he told us. The new love of his life was with him at the time. She was still the angel sent from above and they made love that night and Sunday night. Bekka joined them on Monday and Monday night Jerry left his new love to baby-sit Bekka as he went off to school. Jerry must have been on a life-high level far above any he had reached in years. FURY OF HELL: When he returned home from school Bekka and his new love had been replaced by two policemen who took him into custody, questioned him, arrested him on two felony counts, and put him in jail. Not only had he had no intent to commit a crime, he did not even know one had been committed. The young lady had lied about her age and had run away from home. She was not yet even 15 years old, much less 18. Mother Nature, particularly in modern times, often matures girls to disguise them in ages far beyond their actual years. Society does not help. Fashion magazines teach them to dress and use make-up like adults; television and movies encourage easy and early sex. Highest political leaders set abysmally low moral standards. Parents, knowingly or otherwise, allow their underage daughters unmonitored access to the Internet to pretend to be someone they are not. A PLEA FOR HELP: Mistakes have been made here by many people; Jerry is one of them. But the threat of extreme punishment hangs over only one of them, Jerry. His devout Christian mother prays with me for him morning, noon, and night. His three sisters pray and cry for their little brother because they cannot understand how society can inflict such severe punishment on one person who acted out of innocence based on the lie of another. Jerry is numb; depressed to the point of great concern to all of us. As for me, I still believe in Justice and Justice here will not put our son, our daughters' brother, Bekka's father in jail for such an unjust reason. Please help with your prayers to protect our son and see justice done.

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