I only recently saw the allegations made on Tomy Johnstone’s Facebook profile branding him a paedophile. The hacker posted conversations of him speaking to a fourteen year old and asking for photos and for her to have sex with him. He had also set up a modelling agency page encouraging girls to make his request seem legitimate. Obviously its disgusting and wrong, and being in his mid-twenties he should have a moral compass. However, the hacker also revealed the identity of the victim he was messaging, suggested posting the nude photos of the underage girls on the page and called for other victims to post publicly on the status if they had exchanged messages and photos with Tomy.
‘ I want all the girls that have perv messages from him to write on this status what he said to you about pics and meeting up etc.’- these are young vulnerable people that need to tell their story in confidence. This is not the right way to take justice.
Aside from that, the hacker posted his mobile number, his home address and his work number on his statuses and urged people to call up and expose him. It was actually quite sickening to read the buzz that accompanied these posts. It was as if people were genuinely getting excited at the prospect of ruining someone’s life. When people can hide behind the internet they become more sadistic, and lack human compassion. His family obviously had no idea what he was doing, and to find out from some jumped-up keyboard gangster - who has nothing better to do than call up a stranger’s house and inform them- is probably not the best way to find out.
So consequentially he has lost his job, his friends, and his band Titans have been dropped by their management and label. After trying to defend the photos as collection of ‘art’, declaring that there is no proof that he himself spoke to them and that he won’t be arrested, he has now crumbled and announced on Facebook that he is going to kill himself. And the worst thing is that people are still making jokes and encouraging him to do it.
Where is the line here?
It was crossed long ago. The photos, the messages and all evidence should have been reported to the police when these violations were discovered. But I suppose it’s more customary to take justice into one’s own hands, isn’t it? It’s way more fun to create hype around the situation. Seemingly, these underage girls ‘deserve’ to be humiliated. That fourteen year old who claimed she had dated a twenty-five year old is a ‘dumb slut’ and she should ‘know better anyway’. His family are now probably living in their home in fear in case their house gets smashed up, all because people from not just Britain, but across the pond are getting ‘in on the joke’ and bear-baiting their son. His band, with all the time and money spent on their work, probably feel that they are being punished and humiliated as well.
Obviously he deserves to be prosecuted. He was the singer of a successful band and knew that young girls would admire him, possibly lulling them into a false sense of security that ‘it was okay’ for them to exchange pictures and messages. It also prevents him from re-offending, and other people being victimised. But what I find most disgusting is the way in which he was brought to justice. Facebook is a social networking website, not Crimebusters. The people having some banter on his page for the sake of a few ‘likes’ on their comment probably don’t care that much for the plight of the victims. Instead, they all have this ‘GUNGE THE PAEDO’ mindset which would further upset those close to him that have to witness it all.
The police should have been notified from the beginning to prevent a serious case turning into 4chan fodder. That’s that.