Michael Jackson had a collection of bizarre pornography in his home along with what one new outlet described as an “underage sex closet,” newly released information from a 2003 police raid shows — and now those evidence photos have hit the internet.
Police had raided Jackson’s Neverland Ranch during the investigation of his child molestation allegations. Jackson would go to trial and end up being acquitted in 2005, and much of the evidence gathered by police would remain under wraps for more than a decade.
Some of that evidence is now coming to light with a newly released report from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. At the home of Michael Jackson, investigators reportedly found pornography with children’s faces superimposed on the bodies of adults, Vanity Fair reported. There were other bizarre findings, including images of animal torture.
Investigators said that some of the materials were part of a plan to desensitize children and prepare them for molestation.
“A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time,” Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen told Radar Online.
Zonen, who was part of the effort to prosecute Michael Jackson that ultimately ended in his going free, said he still believes the late pop star was guilty of molesting young children.
“We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse,” he said. “There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation.”
There were also some graphic images of underage children, the Daily Mail added.
“The police report claims that in Jackson’s bedroom and bathroom alone there were at least seven collections of work found by investigators that show boys in their teenage years — and in some cases younger — fully nude or partially clothed.
“One of the collections, Taormina Wilhelm Von Gloeden, is described in court papers as: ‘Nude photos of teenage boys from late 1800s.’ “
And some of the images found during the raid of Michael Jackson’s home could still have been worse, a source told Radar Online. The outlet was the first to obtain the police report and evidence, and made some disturbing findings.
“The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will,” a source told the outlet. “He also had disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, female bondage and sadomasochism.”
Jackson had faced seven felony counts of child molestation and two felony counts of proving an intoxicant to a minor under the age of 14. Gavin Arvizo, a 13-year-old cancer survivor, was the one to accuse Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting him.
Gavin’s claims were similar to those made by Jordan Chandler a decade earlier. Chandler said he was molested by Jackson, but police declined to file charges after police found that Chandler’s father was trying to extort Jackson and the boy’s mother retracted the allegations.
But there was still some seemingly incriminating evidence that came to light through the investigation, the Daily Mail reported.
“Jordan however was able to perfectly describe Jackson’s buttocks, pubic hair, and distinctive marks on both his testicles and penis.
“The mark on the penis could only be seen if it was lifted and was otherwise not visible.
“In the end, Jackson settled with the Chandler family for $22 million and no charges were ever filed against him in court.”
A full set of pictures of evidence from the Michael Jackson police raid can be seen here.
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