Celeb Architect Busted (Again) For Child Porn — But Is It A Thought Crime?

EAST QUOGUE, NY — Police arrested once-renowned Hamptons architect Jay Lockett Sears, 78, at his palatial home on Thursday for violating conditions of his parole agreement.

In 2013, Sears got busted for concocting his own version of child pornography by cutting out pictures of little girls and pasting their faces over the heads of adult women in naked photos.

Jay L. Sears [Federal Bureau of Investigation]

Jay L. Sears [Federal Bureau of Investigation]

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As part of his plea deal, Sears agreed not to make any similar collages. Alas, during a home visit, Sears’ probation officer discovered several bags of such makeshift images “with pornographic captions” and called it in.

A number of the little girls’ face images came from The Waldo Tribune, a periodical that services the clown industry.

Sears could now face three years behind bars for indulging this outlaw collage hobby.

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Some observers have questioned the validity of deeming these images “child pornography.” Such critics reason that no actual children were involved in the making of any actual pornography in and of itself. In addition, Sears was not selling or distributing the material.

Thus, as weird and unsettling as Sears’ arts-and-crafts displays may be, the question arises: Do these cut-and-paste rearrangement of otherwise legal images actually hurt anyone?

The U.S. Attorney’s office is clearly acting as though it believes Sears is the same as any other child pornographer.

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Other commenters have pointed out how violated the parents of the children in the originally innocent photographs must feel.

The original 2013 bust occurred after a garbage collector stumbled across multiple boxes of Sears’ illicit handiwork in the Brookhaven Town Dump. Authorities traced the material back to Sears, who was sentenced to time served and five years supervised release.

Prior to getting popped for his wicked ways with scissors and a glue stick, Sears designed more than 1,500 homes, including seaside estates for the likes of Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Susan Lucci, and Bob Fosse.

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The architect also ran a charity for the poor called Mission of Kindness. Sears often dressed up in an angel costume complete with white, feathered wings, for their events.

What do you think? Is Sears guilty of creating child pornography which, therefore, makes him a danger to the public? Or is this a case of governmental overreach and someone being convicted of a “thought crime”? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Martha Bartha

    What’s wrong with these people?

  • Trueblue1225

    I would say lock him up. He was warned not to do it anymore and did not comply.