SC: Man charged with 35 child sex crimes in Charleston pleads guilty, gets no prison time

Source: 11/22/23
[Note: ACSOL is posting this as an example of unusual sentencing]

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – A man facing dozens of charges in connection to attempted child sexual exploitation is now out of jail and will spend no time in prison despite his guilty plea this week.

Edward Borne, who is originally from Texas was slapped with 35 charges in Charleston County in July 2023.

An investigation by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office shows Borne solicited someone he believed was underage for sex and encouraged them to make child sex abuse material, a release states.

Borne has been held in the Charleston County Jail since his arrest but he was released just before 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, jail records show.

The 43-year-old was originally charged with 29 counts of criminal solicitation of a minor and six counts of first-degree attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

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It’s unclear, but it seems like all these charges stem from his contact (Repeated contacts?) with someone posing as an underaged. Guessing a sting operation? What exactly he did seem unclear to me. Did miss something?

Could be just 1 contact where he made 29 or 35 repeated requests? The article couldn’t be more vague about what he actually did to my eyes. Guess he requested a meet up and a selfie pic/video? Possibly requested this more than once in a single contact, or over several contacts with the same person/group…”Victim”?

So, if a person chatting with a person they believe to be underaged asks to meet up twice in one conversation, they have committed 2 crimes? Seems an easy way for the cops to get a huge number of counts.
Adult: “Wanna meet up? ‘
Cop: ” I don’t know… Maybe. ‘
30 minutes of blah blah blah
Adult: “Wanna meet up”
Cop: “My Mom is calling me… BRB”
2 minutes later
Cop: “Hi!”
Adult: “So, wanna meet up?”

Three counts of soliciting a minor? Doesn’t matter it’s the same minor, in the dame conversation…no meet up took place, and the “Minor” is actually a cop! Book him for 3 felony charges, threaten him with max sentences for each run consecutively, and watch any and all objections turn into a career boosting plea deal!

After reading the full article, it looks like another bait-and-switch sting. Not a “child sex crime”, but attempted ones.

It’s worth noting that the end of the article complains about the judge’s purported history of lenient sentencing and bonding decisions. But in all likelihood it’s more likely that this is one of the few judges that see the stupidity of these stings and sentenced accordingly.

I’m curious why the judge made this decision?

But the best part of the article was the final paragraph. Did the author really think that if he registered yesterday morning that the public registry would updated within 24 hours, on a Thanksgiving week no less? That poor, sweet, summer child of a journalist.

Well, it is a fake crime.

Given it was SC, their registry is lifetime as we have seen, so walking out free w/no prison time does not mean he is out of jail and punishment in the sense he has to register and that in and of itself is punishment (in all reality regardless of what some courts think).

This reporter is just one of many who promotes fear mongering propaganda to control the masses into supporting the registry, Everyone in America is aware of “charge stacking” Standard tactic used by District Attorney’s Office throughout America, they do this to ensure some type of conviction.
This guy got the same punishment everyone else got for these type of sting operations, law enforcement and people who are familiar with the registry knows it’s the ultimate punishment that could be applied on a person in society.
When I was homeless I found this Sober Living halfway home in Long Beach that takes 290 registrants living on the streets and coming home from prison, While I was there I met a lot of registrants coming home from prison or on parole. They were so happy to be home, all they talked about was what they were gonna do when they got off parole, Little did they know of the trials and tribulations the registry had in store for them and because of their ages it’s most likely they’ll all probably die on the registry.
Being forced to navigate through society with A scarlet letter on your back Is literally The ultimate punishment and being put on the registry at 43 years old whether it’s a lifetime or 30 years is a death sentence.