‘Tiger Porn’ Man Proved Innocent

For one bus driver, being cleared of charges against him has been a huge relief. Originally, Mr. Holland was charged with possession of owning extreme porn. He continued to deny the charge, and after six months on bail he has finally been cleared.

Man in jail

Andrew Holland, now 51, was working as a bus driver when a friend sent him two videos. The videos seemed to show a woman having sex with a tiger, and although he viewed one for only six seconds he was charged for owning extreme porn.

Heart Attack

The 51 year old’s antics spread like wildfire, putting him under a lot of ridicule and pressure. He ended up losing his job, being denied contact with his young daughter, and was forced to leave his home town as a result of the charges.

Not only that, but vigilantes decided to take the law into their own hands. He would receive phone calls of abuse and even have strangers knocking on the door threatening him with vile acts for what he insisted he had not done.

As you can imagine, the stress of it all took its toll on him. After months of trying to cope, Holland had a heart attack that it took a long time to recover from.

Dropping the charges

After six months on bail, Holland was cleared of the charges, which was a huge relief for him. Worryingly, however, was the reason that the charges were dropped.

It seems that the video that resulted in the charges did not feature a woman and a tiger, but actually a woman and a man dressed as a tiger. It was only discovered when the prosecutors listened to the soundtrack on the video and heard the “tiger” (actually a man in a costume) say “that’s grrrrrreat”.
Portrait of a shock pin-up

Similar charges

Nine months afterwards, similar charges against Holland were also dropped after producers of a video called ‘The Pain Olympics’ came forward. The producers stated that the video he had was, in fact, a spoof video, put together using “prosthetics, cocktail sausages and ketchup” and that nothing in the video was real.

Holland is relieved to be free of the charges, given the fact that he simply received the videos from friends as a joke, and has made it very clear to his friends that he will have any more items like that sent to him.

Is it enough?

However, is that really enough? Losing a job, home, and having a heart attack as the result of the stress is a lot to endure, especially when the charges are later dropped because it turns out to have been a man in a costume.

Holland doesn’t believe it is and is taking the matter further. His legal team are seeking to change the law to ensure this never happens to anyone else. They aim to prevent “harmless but crude jokes” from ending in prosecution or getting as far as things did for Holland.

Your thoughts

Possession of an extreme pornographic image offence was first introduced in 2008, and since it was brought in more than 5,500 prosecutions have happened, with the majority being clips featuring bestiality. However, could it be handled better? Holland believes so, as the fact it was a man in a tiger suit was not discovered for six months and led to a lot of difficulties for him.

Are clips like that simply an innocent joke or should they be stopped? Have your say in the comments below or on the Escort England forums.

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Martin Ward is a well respected editor and writer with over five years experience in the adult industry. After stints in the Escort Advertising call centre and on the escort forum, he moved into the site editor position around three years ago.

Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.

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