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Saatchi Gallery investigated for displaying child porn

Photographs by Tierney Gearon

The photos depicted Gearon’s naked children – inciting many complaints that the shots were nothing more than child pornography.

 

The highly acclaimed, progressive Saatchi gallery has come in for severe criticism over its recent decision to exhibit photographs by Tierney Gearon.

 

The photos depicted Gearon’s naked children – inciting many complaints that the shots were nothing more than child pornography. In a climate where the debate surrounding paedophilia has reached fever pitch, it appears that parents were simply not prepared to tolerate such material being placed on show at a public exhibition.

 

Such was the volume and ferocity of the backlash that the gallery was investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), although subsequently cleared.

 

Carol Vorderman - who has recently launched a high profile crusade to clamp down on the ease in which paedophiles can gain access to, and the confidence of, children via the internet – stated in an interview with the Sunday Times disagrees with the outcome of the CPS investigation. She argues, ‘The police showed me pictures of a four year old being raped. The early pictures in that sequence were very similar to the those in the Saatchi exhibition. Paedophiles would be very interested in them.’

 

 Vorderman also points out the CPS decision paves the way, from now on, for men charged with having child pornography in their possession to claim it is merely ‘art.’ 

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