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AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
04-18-2013, 10:23 PM
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AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
The worst kind of "Where are they now" stories.

A nationally ranked wrestler from Honewood (followed by UTC) was convicted for Child Ponography charges.

Josh Statum, ranked #25 HS Senior in the nation (112weight) by USA wrestling magazine in 2005.

Here his college wrestling bio / pic

http://www.gomocs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?D...ID=1283944

here's his child porn bio/pic


Joshua David Statum
2512 Hamilton Circle, Pelham, AL 35124
Race: White
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: July 10, 1986
Height: 5'05"
Weight" 135 lbs
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Blond
IStatum was convicted in March 2013 in U.S. District Court for Possession of Child Pornography. Pursuant to the provisions of the Alabama Community Notification Act, Statum registered his new/temporary address upon release and is currently awaiting sentencing. Statum is currently compliant with all applicable laws.


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04-19-2013, 09:38 AM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
(04-18-2013 10:23 PM)redstepchild Wrote:  The worst kind of "Where are they now" stories.

A nationally ranked wrestler from Honewood (followed by UTC) was convicted for Child Ponography charges.

Josh Statum, ranked #25 HS Senior in the nation (112weight) by USA wrestling magazine in 2005.

Here his college wrestling bio / pic

http://www.gomocs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?D...ID=1283944

here's his child porn bio/pic


Joshua David Statum
2512 Hamilton Circle, Pelham, AL 35124
Race: White
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: July 10, 1986
Height: 5'05"
Weight" 135 lbs
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Blond
IStatum was convicted in March 2013 in U.S. District Court for Possession of Child Pornography. Pursuant to the provisions of the Alabama Community Notification Act, Statum registered his new/temporary address upon release and is currently awaiting sentencing. Statum is currently compliant with all applicable laws.


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I try to be as positive as possible, so I'm not going to say anything about this until the details are ironed out. And I probably will not say anything then. But, my question to you. Is there anything positive coming out of posting this? Was it really needed? I don't think so...
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04-19-2013, 03:48 PM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
I'm with Red on this one. He was already convicted of possessing child pornography and is now a registered sex offender. He was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of his peers. Not sure what other details I need to know. He gets no sympathy or benefit of the doubt from me. If he's in a public offender registry, I have no problem with Red putting it out there. It's not like it's a big secret. I don't care who he is or what story he has to tell, keep him away from my kids. I'm going to stop typing before I say something less polite.
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04-19-2013, 04:35 PM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
Red,

I agree with MannysDad on this. However, can you source your data for us. I am unable to verify the information in your post. As this is a serious matter, I don't doubt that you are sure of your facts. I would like to confirm them for myself.

Wrestling is a great equalizer. Where else can you see a kid who weighs 106 pounds become the hero?

Not basketball, probably not baseball, certainly not football; but in wrestling you can. - re-phrased from Fredric Golding
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04-19-2013, 09:14 PM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
Brian, I got it straight from the Pelham police dept facebook page. I tried to post the link but apparently its not working.

Matlion, I did a lot of good by posting it here. Apparently no one here knew about this. He could've been a volunteer coach at a club or offer some one-one sessions (thanks AHSAA). When is the last time a volunteer or club coach got a background check. With his past accomplishments, any number of parents might've paid for him to Coach lil johny.

I take it your not a parent. Ever parents worst nightmare is that their child could be violated. It puts a lurch in your stomach and an anger like no other. Child Sexual offenders or those that fixate in that direction are scum of the earth.

A parents BEST way to protect their child and prevent a violation scenario is AWARENESS.

Before today, if Ol boy showed up at a USA club volunteering or to watch, he'd get a hero's welcome. Now, he would be asked to leave.

I believe in crime and punishment and paying your dues and then moving on.
But with sexual predators, you can NEVER leave the fox in the hen house and walk away. Its a desire inside that never goes away, it just festers.


Someone said he didn't know it was in his possesion. I'd have to read the evidence myself before I gave him a pass. If it wasn't yours, you were hanging with sketchy people so your still damaged goods.

Y'all just love shooting the messenger.
D@mned if I do, D@mned if I don't. D@m it!
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04-20-2013, 04:27 AM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
(04-19-2013 09:14 PM)redstepchild Wrote:  Matlion, I did a lot of good by posting it here.
Opinion. (Biased opinion at that.)

(04-19-2013 09:14 PM)redstepchild Wrote:  I believe in crime and punishment and paying your dues and then moving on.
I agree.

(04-19-2013 09:14 PM)redstepchild Wrote:  But with sexual predators, you can NEVER leave the fox in the hen house and walk away. Its a desire inside that never goes away, it just festers.
This is opinion and debatable. Not saying I completely disagree with you but am pointing out that your post isn't a fact. Just a widely popular opinion based on statistics.
Statistics do not equal fact. Statistics equal trend.

(04-19-2013 09:14 PM)redstepchild Wrote:  Someone said he didn't know it was in his possesion. I'd have to read the evidence myself before I gave him a pass. If it wasn't yours, you were hanging with sketchy people so your still damaged goods.
So.......guilty until proven innocent is your position? Wow.

(04-19-2013 03:48 PM)MannysDad Wrote:  I'm with Red on this one. He was already convicted of possessing child pornography and is now a registered sex offender.
Convicted? Yes.
Guilty of possession of pornography? Obviously.
Guilty of possession of child pornography? Guess so, but convicted doesn't mean he was guilty of knowingly and willingly possessing illegal material if he truly didn't know the details of what was in his possession. Agree?

(04-19-2013 03:48 PM)MannysDad Wrote:  He was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of his peers. Not sure what other details I need to know. He gets no sympathy or benefit of the doubt from me.
Convicted by judge or by jury? Don't assume. And unless you're just out for blood, you would need to know all the details.
And no one asked you for sympathy or benefit of doubt. But most would ask for unbiased. I know I would. And I would offer you the same.

(04-19-2013 03:48 PM)MannysDad Wrote:  If he's in a public offender registry, I have no problem with Red putting it out there. It's not like it's a big secret.
Completely agree. But I am a fan of full disclosure with a situation like this.

(04-19-2013 04:35 PM)BrianHoyt Wrote:  Red,
I agree with MannysDad on this. However, can you source your data for us. I am unable to verify the information in your post. As this is a serious matter, I don't doubt that you are sure of your facts. I would like to confirm them for myself.
http://www.pelhamonline.com/departments/...offenders/
Right now, he's guilty of at least one poor decision.
Did he know he had it? Maybe. Maybe not.
Did he realize they were underage? Maybe. Maybe not.
Only he can answer those accurately. We can only speculate and suppose.


I'm with MatLion. Unless you have all details and facts of the story, this was best left off the forum (for now). Now, if anyone gets the details, and we already have the conviction, then it's fair game. I would question the conviction if he truly didn't know he had it. Fact is, he's not that old, kids (teens) are crazy nowadays, and there's no telling what the story really is without any of us being a part of it. Was he wrong place, wrong time? Only he knows. He's 26. Did he maybe receive a lewd text photo or e-mail from someone who was later revealed to only be under 18? Only he knows. Like I said, kids do crazy stuff now. Especially with cell phones and the internet.
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04-20-2013, 11:22 AM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
red,

I have four kids, but I'm not going to throw this guy under the bus until the details are ironed out. You do have a point about him being around young kids if he has sketchy issues, but at this point it doesn't appear that everything is on the table.

I don't know this person on a personal level, but I would hope he would stay low until this event is played out. His career as a teacher and coach are about to end, and if he is guilty, so be it...
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04-20-2013, 05:15 PM
Post: #8
RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
(04-20-2013 11:22 AM)MatLion Wrote:  red,

I have four kids, but I'm not going to throw this guy under the bus until the details are ironed out. You do have a point about him being around young kids if he has sketchy issues, but at this point it doesn't appear that everything is on the table.

I don't know this person on a personal level, but I would hope he would stay low until this event is played out. His career as a teacher and coach are about to end, and if he is guilty, so be it...

I'm not sure what you're waiting for to play out? He was convicted on 3/25/2013 in US District Court and is awaiting sentencing. That, by its definition, means guilty.

http://www.pelhamonline.com/departments/...offenders/

http://www.sexoffenderin.com/reg713809/j...ugshot.htm

https://www.facebook.com/PelhamPoliceDepartment

I'm a big believer in being innocent until proven guilty, but the Pelham Police Department says he had his day in court was found guilty and is now in the sex offender registry. This is no longer wait and see, accused, or alleged. Before his conviction I'd agree with you but a convicted pedophile is the worst kind of scum. Unless a court overturns his conviction, he is guilty of possessing child porn in the eyes of the law. Whatever it was was bad enough to get to this point. He's 26 years old and has a teaching degree. This is not a dumb teenager and his slightly younger girlfriend or someone accidentally clicking the wrong link on Google. I don't need to hear his side of the story. His side of the story did not even create reasonable doubt in court.
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04-20-2013, 08:26 PM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
All I'm saying is if he is brought in to Coach at ANY program or club, I will personally make sure every parent in that program is aware of the FEDERAL FELONY Charges he was convicted of.

And if they choose to alliw him around their children, that's on them. Something happens, its their fault.

After situations recently in Shelby Cty like Danny Acker, nobody in my county is looking the other way. Did that with Acker and ol boy went on to victimize 20+ kids when no one was lookin. Teacher, Christian family man at the church, family was pillars of the community.

Also, look at Sandusky.. he swears he was innocent... Pedophiles don't say they are guilty the first time... heck no, they just can't help themselves.

He was proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in front of a jury of his peers.

I'm not trying to protect his reputation.


I'm trying to put the word out to protect our kids.

and LOL@ Matlion "If he is guilty...."
"Details ironed out"...


Dude.. HE'S GUILTY in a FEDERAL Court of a FELONY..
THAT is the whole point.

the only place he can teach in Alabama is private schools, Charter schools, Sunday school, and a USA club if they want to take up the liability.
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04-20-2013, 11:17 PM
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RE: AL wrestler convicted of child ponography charges..
I stand corrected. This has obviously ran it's course as he has been CONVICTED. Misunderstanding on my part.
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