Monday, November 08, 2004

Gay Actor Gets 6-Year Jail Sentence

Homosexual Christ actor gets 6-year sentence
Man guilty of seeking sex on Internet with 'boy' who was really policeman
Posted: November 8, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2004

A New Jersey actor who reportedly played prominent roles in a
homosexual-themed play paralleling the life of Jesus Christ has been
sentenced to six years in prison after his conviction for seeking sex with
someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy he met on the Internet.

Steven Shriner, right, plays Mary and Peter in 'Corpus Christi' (photo:
Ulysses Theatre Comany)

Steven Shriner, 43, was convicted in August of attempted sexual assault,
attempted luring/enticing of a child, and attempted criminal sexual

"This sentence represents a solid victory for the citizens of New Jersey,
effectively keeping a convicted sex offender and sexual predator off the
streets," said Vaughn McKoy, director of criminal justice for the Garden

According to the Trentonian newspaper, Shriner allegedly used his home
computer in January of last year for the "express purpose of meeting and
having sex with a boy."

Deputy Attorney General Charles Ouslander said Shriner entered a sexually
explicit chat room, thinking he was conversing with a teen boy, whose
screen name was Timpit6668. In reality, Shriner was speaking with
investigator Brian Damiani who was typing on his undercover computer at
the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton.

Shriner allegedly sought to meet Timpit6668, discussing the location and
activities in which the two would engage.

He also sent a video clip of himself masturbating.

"I have more ; ) ," Shriner allegedly wrote, according to printouts of the

The Trentonian says authorities closed in on the suspect at a pizza place
in Hamilton, N.J., when he showed up and flashed his lights, which was the
agreed code.

Armed with a search warrant, authorities recovered 24 images of suspected
child pornography involving kids between the ages of 8 and 10.

Defense attorney Will Anklowitz said Shriner believed he was dealing with
someone who was 18 years old at the time he entered the porn site, since a
disclaimer at the chat room's entrance stated users must be at least 18.

Shriner himself testified, "I never believed that I wasn't talking to an

After his sentencing Friday, Shriner told the paper, "I take full
responsibility for my actions. My attraction to underage people just
doesn't exist."

Shriner reportedly portrayed the characters of both Mary and the apostle
Peter in "Corpus Christi," a production of the Chicago-based Ulysses
Theatre Company about a victim of "homophobes" in a Texas high school who
eventually performs miracles for his 12 disciples.