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Man’s Life Ruined By Child Porn Charges; Turns Out Police Just Don’t Know What A Twink Is

mwMike Whitla of Bangor, Ireland seemed more than a bit surprised when he was arrested and charged with making and storing 71 images of child pornography.

We’re sure the police had heard that one before — “But officer, I’ve never seen those pictures in my life!”

So they confronted Mike with the images, and so began a lesson in gay terminology that we would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at.

Mike, who had truthfully never seen the cached images (not that it would have mattered), recognized them immediately for what they were — twinks. But try explaining that to a group of straight Irish cops.

“I’d never seen it before but it was a twink, that’s gay slang for a feminine looking man over 18,” he told The Mirror. “The officers hadn’t a clue what I was talking about.”

“I said he looked about 24 and they laughed. They said the picture was of a 13-year-old boy and that I was going court where the jury would agree he was a child.”

Mike was released on bail, terrified that he’d fallen into some postmodern nightmare, and sought the help of The Rainbow Project, a charity that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health of LGBT people and their families in Northern Ireland.

“While my solicitor got a forensic computer expert to analyze the police evidence, the Rainbow Project set up a presentation for my solicitor and barrister to explain the sort of language used in the gay scene including twink.”

“I think if one of the officers who arrested me had been a gay man, I’d never have been put through this nightmare but they live in a different social world to me.”

The expert determined that all the images were of models over the age of 18, and that Mike had neither searched for the images, uploaded, seen them or knowingly stored them.

And while it’s hilarious to think of a bunch of police officers and court officials being educated on what a twink is, the story has somber consequences.

Throughout his ordeal, Mike was suspended from his job working with vulnerable children, forced to come out as a gay man and abandoned by almost all of his friends.

“I still support rigorous police investigations and I really can’t complain about the PSNI doing their job in the interests of child safety,” he said.

“But they need to be educated about gay communities and the language we use. It could have prevented my ruination and saved them an awful lot of time, effort and money taking an innocent man to court.”

“Today I’m free but I’m still in limbo. My life has been ruined.”

H/t: PinkNews