Catholic Priest Busted for Child Pornography Found on His Nintendo DS

March 22, 2012 -

A Catholic priest from Kalispell, Montana has been accused of possessing child porn, but the whole story starts with a Nintendo DS. Police began the investigation into the 67-year-old Catholic priest name d Rudolph “Rudy” Carl Bullman after a woman who bought a Nintendo DS from him called police. She told them in October of 2011 that she found sexually explicit pictures of young boys on the Nintendo hand-held he sold her.

On Dec. 16, 2011 a detective with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Bullman, who admitted that he was using the DS to view gay porn but said he only frequented websites that clearly stated that the subjects of photos were over the age of 18. Bullman also admitted to viewing porn on his computer, and agreed to let the detective search the machine.

The search revealed images of young males between the ages of 12 and 18, nude or engaged in sexual acts. A closer analysis of the computer by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigations uncovered 23 images of child pornography stored in the Internet cache files and an additional 23 images from a file containing deleted JPG images. Detective Jeanne Parker determined that the photographs depicted children under the age of 16 in a sexually explicit nature.

Renee St. Martin Wizeman, a spokeswoman for the diocese, says that Bullman was put on leave as soon as the church was made aware of the allegations.

"We were made aware of an investigation by the Flathead County Attorney’s Office and at that time he was placed on administrative leave, which is what our policies and procedures call for," diocese spokeswoman Renee St. Martin Wizeman said. "We have cooperated fully with the investigation. We will see what happens going forward, but it is important to emphasize that we do have policies in place specifically for these matters."

St. Martin Wizeman went on to say that Bullman was asked to vacate his parish residence and has been living in a "non-ministerial setting" off parish grounds. He has had no involvement in the ministry since the allegations and is receiving counseling provided by the diocese.

According to court documents filed Feb. 29 by Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan, the priest of the Risen Christ Parish in Kalispell has been charged with felony sexual abuse of children. He could face up to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000 if convicted of the charge. He is scheduled to enter a plea on the charge at a March 29 arraignment hearing in Flathead County District Court.

Source: Missoulian.com by way of Andrew Eisen. Image provided by Shutterstock.


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What I don't quite understand is the charges.

I understand that holding child porn is a crime in and of itself, but if he wasn't the direct source of these images then how can he be charged with "sexual abuse"?

Sexual abuse is the act of forcing any undesired sexual behavior on another person, but if he didn't take these images then he obviously never did that.

Looking at an image and taking that image are two different activities and should be treated as such.

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Because child pornography in the western world has long left science to move towards thought crimes. We want to protect our kids so bad and it scores so much points for politicians, the laws have long stopped making sense in relation to the act.

P.S.: I am a father and I condemn any sexual act on any kid below the age of reason right off the bat; however, I think the debate is now at a point where we criminalize people for things that are simply not wrong, for example, here in Canada, having a sexual drawing (yes, drawing) in your possession (this includes the thumbnails cache of your computer, btw.)

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Part of the 'logic' behind these laws was that a minor was abused at some point by producing the images and that the viewer mentally abuses them through the ether by seeing the images.

There have actually been court cases of abuse victims trying to collect cash from completely unrelated people who saw images of them years later.

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"The search revealed images of young males between the ages of 12 and 18, nude or engaged in sexual acts. A closer analysis of the computer by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigations uncovered 23 images of child pornography stored in the Internet cache files and an additional 23 images from a file containing deleted JPG images. Detective Jeanne Parker determined that the photographs depicted children under the age of 16 in a sexually explicit nature."

Do they have proof of the age? Also, in the thumbnails and deleted files, really (aka,  download a porn archive, realize what's in it, deletes it.) That society is moving so quickly and without any fear towards thought crimes is what actually shocks me. Did he commit any physical act? Did he commission any? Is he the source of pictures (for example, from boys in his parish)? No? Then wtf are you doing!

On another note, shame on the guy for not cleaning his porn, whether it be legit or not before selling it and props for the mom for catching it. Not that I think porn is magically damaging for kids, but still, the intent behind the purchase was probably to acquire a working DS close to factory settings, not one with "extra" features...

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I have to agree with DorthLous, to be honest. There's too many variables here and not enough evidence shown to backup the claims.

In any case, here's the absolute best video on why this guy should've never spoken to the cops. Simply put: No matter how innocent you are you may accidentally give out misinformed information, forget important details, or just say something incredibly damning (and 9/10 times you probably will). Police will also use anything they can against you, and they warn you of that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik

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I've ALWAYS *loved* that video! Best reasoning on the subject I've ever seen!

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If they're as young as TWELVE, I'm pretty sure checking their birth certificates isn't necessary.

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12-18 is a category, so hard to say where within that range the pictures appeared to fall.

However, even if they 'looked' 12, that does not mean they were.  I have known several adults that people confuse with children all the time... and not in a joking way.  I used to hang out with a woman who was in her early 30s and we would encounter problems like stores turning her away as a child.  So looks can be deceiving, which is why pornographic websites are (in theory at least) supposed to keep detailed records of anyone they shoot so age can be proved.

Though there are those pesky CP provisions along the lines of 'if a reasonable person might think it is a child or it claims the model is a child', so the actual age of the model isn't relevent in a way.

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In fact, only in another article did I find something damning for this priests. Those pictures were apparently chosen by the police in his collection and at one point or another, they got him to say:

"“Well those aren’t adults,” Bullman allegedly agreed upon seeing the images."

In other words, if the police detains you, ask for your lawyer. If you're innocent, that's probably the only way you'll avoid suspicion, if not worse and if you're guilty, well, that's when you really need him, to avoid getting charged for things you did not commit (you'll have plenty to deal with anyway)

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The tricky part there is, in slang, what 'adult' means.

In casual conversation I hear people describe 17 year olds as 'babies' and still call college students 'children'.  That is one of the dangerous parts about talking to police without a lawyer, colloquial English does not always match legal definitions or keywords police look for.

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Huh... didn't know you could actually store data on the Nintendo DS...

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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In the new generation ones that can store data on an SD card, yeah, you can.

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They mention browser cache, so I'm assuming this is a DSi, since the browser for the earlier versions wasn't built in and is pretty hard to come by now. The DSi has internal memory for downlaoded games, browser cache, images, sound, and it has an SD slot.

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Or, you know, you read the article, and you find out it's the browser cache on his computer that he turned over to the police when they asked him to.

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Could possibly be a 3DS in that regard too. Both of them have those features.

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It boggles my mind that people sell any kind of computing device nowadays without wiping it clean first.  Even without the gay/child porn stuff, you could have account info, passwords, credit cards, personal pictures, contact details for your friends and family...  What kind of moron does it take to just hand that info over to someone else?  I just don't get it.

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Well, people can be very stupid.

There was a case recently where the guy was caught because he sent his photos to a Wallgreens (or equivalent) to have his photos printed.. photos of him performing BDSM and cum drinking scenes with his students in his classroom.  So unblievably stupid I would actually buy the argument that he was mentally incompetent and didn't understand what he was doing was wrong because something has to be seriously wrong with your brain to think any of that was a good idea....

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... I have to admit, if you're planning an insanity or incapacity to understand defense, that has to be a good opening move...

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"Bullman after a women who bought a Nintendo DS from him called police"

Errr..

Anyway, people like these disgust me.

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People who sell or by used DSs?

I guess they are stealing money from developers or something by participating in the used market....

 
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