Intense case: Red Rose Stories sentenced for obscene fiction

The material is abhorrent; yet the case brings up serious questions about the possibility of facing prison in this country for writing fiction. On the radar from PC World:

A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to five years of probation, including six months of home detention, and forfeiture of her computer after pleading guilty Thursday to obscenity charges for running a Web site that featured text stories that were sexual and violent in nature.

Karen Fletcher, 56,of Donora, Pennsylvania, owned and operated the Web site, Red Rose Stories, which featured stories describing sexual molestation and violence against children. Other stories included torture, rape and murder of children, and Fletcher sold memberships to her site, where members could get full stories, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Fletcher, using the pen name Red Rose, wrote most of the stories herself, the DOJ said. Some of the stories were available as audio files, but the site didn’t include photos, according to press reports.

Fletcher reportedly was abused as a child and started the site as a form of therapy, according to news reports.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation ordered the site closed in late 2005. Some constitutional lawyers have questioned the prosecution of Fletcher, saying many pieces of popular literature have contained similar descriptions of abuse or murder. (…read more.)

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  • windowscreen

    I’d like to know when this will start happening to fan fiction writers, writers for the Harry Potter fandom specifically. Do the same laws apply when the children being abused and/or engaging in sexual relations with each other and/or adults are fictitious and in an ‘alternate reality’?

  • Alex Ess

    See… I just don’t see how you can prosecute that when you can go into Barnes & Noble and get a copy of The 120 Days of Sodom any day of the week with no problems.

    I probably shouldn’t say that, hope DOJ doesn’t read this comment.

  • Dan

    here it is ladies and gentleman, thought crime… old George’s guess was only 24 years off.