Dad Shows Kids Porn, Mom Fights To Change State Law

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After almost two years of legal battles, a Dallas mother finally got justice for her daughters. The woman’s ex-husband showed pornography to their daughters, and under Texas law it was legal.

Crystal Buckner says her two daughters were robbed of their innocence. “They were 8 and 9 [years old] and introduced to things only adults should know about,” she said.

In February of 2009, the girls’ father, Jack Buckner, showed the children pornography on his home computer in Amarillo.

When Crystal found out, she wanted her ex-husband arrested, but he was protected by a Texas law that allows parents or guardians to show their kids porn in the name of sex education.

After months of legal battles, Jack Buckner was prosecuted under a different statute. In early March, he pleaded guilty to two counts of showing a minor harmful material.

“All the frustration, all the tears, all the picking up the pieces from my daughters, holding them, letting them cry on my shoulder, it’s all over,” Crystal said with relief.

In the end, Jack Buckner was sentenced to one year of probation and received no fines.

Crystal says the punishment is what’s best for her girls. “That way the girls don’t have to say ‘my daddy’s in jail’ and then have to deal with all the questions that come with that.”

Now Crystal is getting ready for another court fight – this one involving custody of the children. Currently, the girls’ father is allowed full parental rights.

Crystal is seeking supervised visitation while he is on probation. “I don’t 100 percent trust him,” Crystal said of her ex-husband. “I probably never will, but I have to have some level of trust because he is their dad and they will have to see them.”

Another battle that Crystal has undertaken is lobbying to change the law that so that it would be illegal for an adult to show a minor pornography — even if that person is their parent or guardian.

Crystal says if the law is changed she’ll tell her girls she did it for them. “For it to be changed and no other child will have to go through this again is amazing to me,” she said.

State Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville introduced Senate Bill 757 in February, and his office expects it to pass during this legislative session.

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  1. Glenn says:

    What was he thinking….but sounds more that she is out for him. Sounds like VERY bad blood there.

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t think she is just out to get him. He did something very sick and harmful to his girls. She is probably just concerned about their emotional well being. I would have taken him to court, too.

      1. tevin says:

        im 15 teen and i love porn

    2. joan says:

      she needs to be out for him….

  2. Gary Walker says:

    When in what universe is it EVER appropriate to show an 8 or 9 year old child porn? It sounds a little perverted to me and I wouldn’t trust that man around my little girls. So what did he say to them? Something like, “Come sit on Daddy’s lap while we look at pictures on the internet? Disgusting. Boo hiss.

  3. ateacher says:

    What? Sorry, couldn’t follow any of that.

  4. 2sister says:

    There is a big difference in sex educations and porn. Porn is perverted and doesn’t show true ideas about sex. I think he just used the education idea as an excuse. What he did was wrong.

  5. a real parent says:

    Come back in 15 years when you are a parent…then we’ll see how you feel about it.

  6. BeenThere says:

    There are women in the Dallas Family Courts that have proven their ex-husbands have sexually abused their children, but the courts awarded custody to the ABUSER! Wonder what the family courts will do to these innocent girls? Wonder how many tens of thousdands of dollars this mother will have to spend in an attempt to protect her children?

  7. Kevin says:

    I’m not condoning the showing of porn to kids, if that’s what indeed happened. However, the problem I have with this (and other similar articles) is that we only are getting her side of the story. She claims he showed them porn and they have been crying ever since. What if he was on his personal computer viewing the images or videos and the girls ran in behind him and happened to see it, and he had no intention of them seeing it? The chance is out there and has to be thought about because we are only hearing 1 person’s view in this piece.

    1. Yakov says:

      That problem is very common with Media Reports. They take the side that most likely get readears, or audiences.
      I agree with you, Porn to kids, girls or boys that age, is and should be TABOO!!.
      By parent or none parent. But before judging a person, we should hear that persons side.

      You point was well put.

  8. john says:

    I want to hear his side of the story and if he was doing it intentionally, and her daughter have been crying everysince and she thinks he is as horrible as she portarys it wouldn’t she want full custody and more than just a year of probation. I think there is more to this than the article makes it seem.

  9. Cathy b says:

    My father inlaw introduced his sons to porn as children, leaving porn magazines around the house, in the bathrooms. My mother in law so nomproblem with it. My husband brought porn into our marriage on our wedding day, his father gave his movies for us to watch on our honeymoon and my new husband would not take them back to his father. A week later my husband pressured me to watch with him, we’d been married only a week. I was young and did not understand the years long battle I and our marriage would face. My husband is still viewing porn, has admitted that he views sex as recreational not as an aspect of love, I am doing all I can to keep it out of our house and away from my children, until I can get the strength to leave this marriage.

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