21-year-old Michigan man Evan Emory did something for a few giggles. But because it was a vulgar something that involved kids, he's now been sentenced to two months in jail, two years probation, 200 hours of community service, mandatory counseling, and fines and costs. What did he do? He made a fake video that made it look like he was singing a very inappropriate song to some young school children.
It's a sentence that has sparked a lot of controversy. Some say its ridiculous he's getting jail time for an event that didn't even occur. Others say he's getting off too easy. Amid the arguments and the impending jail time, Emory says the idea of the nation thinking he's a "sick person" is the scariest thing. He sat down with FOX 17 and apologized before going to jail:
"I was really afraid of being on the sex offender list, but from the letters I was receiving from people I was more afraid of getting raped in prison because I know they don't treat sex offenders too kindly in prison," Emory told Fox 17.
He won't be going to prison, but rather county jail. He can also leave during the day for work. And he won't be put on the sex offender list.
Still, "There are people out there who think of me as some child molester and so that's terrifying," he said.
Mediaite explains exactly what Emory did -- details that have caused much disagreement:
21-year-old Evan Emory of Michigan has been sentenced to two months jail time after filming and posting a video featuring him singing a sexually explicit song to elementary school students. The only thing is, Emory never did that. He actually sang an appropriate (and apparently well-received) song to the kids and edited in the other song (which the kids never heard) later for a comedy video.
Hyper Vocal adds more:
“The footage of the children was recorded in January when Emory performed a clean song for the class. It was only later that Emory returned to the empty classroom to record a vulgar song, which he edited with clips of the children and posted to YouTube in mid-February.
On Tuesday, Judge William C. Marietti of the Muskegon County 14th Circuit Court sentenced Emory under a previously arranged plea deal to 60 days in jail, two years probation, 200 hours of community service, mandatory counseling and fines and costs. And when he emerges from jail, Emory can’t be within 500 feet of children under the age of 17. All for a comedy attempt gone awry.”
WOOD-TV reports on the sentence: