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Alan T. Panda withdraws guilty pleas

Author: Higgs Raccoon

Alan Berlin, better known in the furry fandom as Alan T. Panda, has withdrawn his guilty pleas in relation to charges that he sexually propositioned a 15-year-old boy online.

Berlin came to the attention of the media in May 2009, when he was first arrested for unlawful contact with a minor. According to investigators, Berlin, a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, had been in communication with the teen for several weeks and had proposed travelling to the boy’s home to have sex in the backyard, and in a shed on his parents’ property.

In the furry fandom, Berlin was a fursuiter, babyfur, and “daddyfur/caretaker with a cub side”. The media noted Berlin’s connection to the fandom, as investigators believed that he and the boy had met on a furry internet site. When Berlin’s home was searched, wolf and cat-like costumes were found, and it was alleged that Berlin had discussed dressing up in animal costumes as part of having sex with the boy.

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3 responses

  1. Nothing like positive media, eh? I was hoping all to hell this was one of those stories that would just go away… Looks like we’re just not that lucky. Sigh.

    But then again, it’s hard to sweep stuff like this under the rug, and unfortunately we’re stuck dealing with every part of the fandom possibly being under the spotlight. It’s just a damn shame that the only part that seems to show itself when the media is involved is the negative part.

    To use an overused phrase: “This is why we can’t have nice things”.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

  2. Island

    I have to say that attached video had me rolling. That guy almost had me in stitches the way he presented the fandom. I also noticed he tried to keep it contained to Alan but just couldn’t do it. So Furry get drug through the mud yet again. Not like we haven’t seen this kind of stuff before.

    Now about Alan’s removal of his guilty pleas. What the fuck. The Attorney General dropped a good portion of the original charges against the fugly bastard if he pleaded guilty to three felony counts. He might have been lucky to get by with a couple years and heavy restriction on computer usage after release, but he decides to remove those pleas. Honestly people! Did his attorney convince him to do this? If so that man might either had some fucking crazy loop-hole to exploit or just plain fucking dumb.

    Either way, Alan T. Panda is going down and going down extremely hard. If we ever hear about this guy again it will be most likely in the obituaries.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  3. Jjschafers

    think the media covers this stuff so badly, because when you don’t know anything about furries beforehand, this crap is what you find first. I understand that babyfurs are supposedly just infantilists, but this junk makes the pedophilia accusations seem more valid. Though I guess you could say it does that to the whole fandom. Anyway, I’m not surprised TYT made fun of furries, even Keith Olberman has done it. Rachel Maddow seems to like us though. lol

    February 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

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