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Dad Labeled a Pedophile for Photographing His Own Kid

By jeannesager |

cameraA dad who tried to snap a cute photo of his (fully-clothed) toddler at a mall is angry that a mall cop told him he couldn’t – because he might be a pedophile.

Mr. Mall Cop, repeat after me – anyone can be a pedophile, but taking a photograph of a fully-clothed child does . . . what?

Set aside, for a moment, that Kevin Geraghty-Shewan was the father of little Ben who just wanted to take a photo of the tot on a train in the mall. Even if he was some random weirdo, the photo of a child taken in a public setting gives that person nothing more than a lasting impression of something they’re able to see anyway.

Put in an even simpler way – if he’s going to get his jollies off on what a child looks like standing fully-clothed in the middle of a mall, he doesn’t need a camera.

The story made the BBC after Geraghty-Shewan says a cop showed up and started asking for his identification over the matter. The mall says it takes security very seriously.

Again – what’s the security issue with a photograph? Especially in Britain, a country known for its big brother cameras on every corner, the idea that a child might be caught in someone’s photo is less a security risk than it is a fact.

We walk around in public. We are caught on surveillance cameras for banks, stores, storage facilities. If you live in a tourist area, you’re caught on hundreds of vacation videos and snapshots. In major cities, you’re in the background of television broadcasts, even B roll for movies.

Don’t want your child photographed by a pedophile? Roll out the bubble, because it’s time to keep them inside for the rest of their lives.

Image: Shermeee, flickr

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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6 thoughts on “Dad Labeled a Pedophile for Photographing His Own Kid

  1. kim says:

    Uh, i think we all need to relax a little bit. I think the worst part is the mall is probably not really concerned with the children but with their own liability.

  2. Jennifer says:

    One person does something dumb, and it’s “time to keep [kids] inside for the rest of their lives”? My suggestion: decaf.

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  4. MsC says:

    @Jennifer: I think you might have misunderstood what the author was saying.

    I think it’s amazing how hysterical people can be about this sort of thing. I had someone go nuts on me when I mentioned that I have pictures of my daughter on flickr for family and friends to see. She thought I should be worried about strangers seeing fully clothed pictures of my kid. If random strangers seeing my daughter is that horrifying, what am I supposed to do exactly? Wrap her in a burlap sack every time I leave the house? Sew up a baby burqua? No thanks. I think I’ll go on living my life.

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