Siskmarek

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Siskmarek, also known as Tailpoof and Mekoryuk (Farrah Barney, formerly Joshua Barney,[1] born November 11, 1983)[2] is a furry artist whose character is a sergal.

Legal controversies[edit]

Sex crime conviction[edit]

In August 2013, after waiving her rights to trial,[2] Siskmarek was convicted of two counts of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor,[2] in relation to events that occurred in 2008. She was sentenced to two lifetime terms of probation, to be served concurrently. The conditions of her probation included a restriction from using the Internet except for approved, monitored work access.

Claims of innocence[edit]

Siskmarek’s advocates claim that she is innocent. Advocates claim that the minor Siskmarek was convicted of attempting to exploit had lied about their age to participate in an adult-oriented chat room, and that this chat room is where Siskmarek and the minor first met, and after numerous exchanges, began to develop a romantic relationship, and additionally that no attempt at luring or exploiting ever took place because Siskmarek thought she was in contact with a consenting adult. Advocates further claim that after learning of the minor's true age of 16 years old[3] Siskmarek immediately ceased all contact. The stated reason for Siskmarek pleading guilty despite claiming innocence was to avoid an impending sentence of over 300 years of imprisonment as the minor’s attorney sought to implicate Siskmarek in a luring scheme in an effort to get the minor out of child pornography charges, citing coercion. Threatened with three centuries of imprisonment, being presided over by a judge that called her a predator and implied her guilt before any defense was granted[3], and faced with the stereotypical unpredictability of juries in similar trials, Siskmarek felt that the only way to reduce her impending sentence and avoid spending the rest of her life in prison was to accept the plea bargain for two counts of lifetime probation.[1]

Imprisonment for parole violations[edit]

From May to June 2016, Siskmarek was incarcerated for violating probation, which was according to her own advocates, "for attempting to continue her online career" as an artist offering commissions online despite a ban on Internet access.[4] During a hearing on June 21, 2016 Siskmarek pled guilty to the charge and was issued a formal warning. She released on under supervision per her original sentence of lifetime probation.[5]

On May 15, 2017, she accepted a plea bargain[citation needed] for a charge of violating probation, this time for failing to continue required weekly therapy, which she claims she was ejected from for failing to have a fundraiser in her name shut down before it reached its $40,000 goal and closed automatically.[6] As a result, her first count of lifetime probation was commuted to a three year, six month prison sentence, with a release date of August 10, 2019.[6] After her release, her second count of lifetime probation will resume.[6] [7] As of June 2nd, 2017, she is held in Central Arizona Correctional Facility, a private, medium-security prison.[8]

Advocates[edit]

Siskmarek has numerous supporters and advocates that, after reading her story and related information, believe her claims of innocence and show their support by posting to the hashtag #SaveOurSisk across social media. Siskmareks most prominent advocates, including her close friends and fiance, formed what they refer to as a "PR group" formerly known as Justice4Sisk and were the group behind the fundraiser that Siskmarek claims was the cause of her ejection from therapy.[6]. After the fundraiser reached its $40,000 goal and shut down, the group reorganized in to SaveOurSisk and became backed by an anonymous "Social Saviors Group" that claims they "seek to spread awareness of shortcomings and outright infringements of civil rights in the American Criminal Justice System".[9] This group as well as the original Justice4Sisk members work to maintain Siskmarek's online presence in wake of her restriction from the Internet by posting artwork, relaying messages from Siskmarek to her friends and supporters, and taking commissions in her name.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Sisk" - SaveOUrSisk.org. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "SUSPENSION OF SENTENCE - PROBATION GRANTED" - from the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 [1]
  4. Case Documentation - SaveOurSisk.org. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  5. "Hearing Minutes June 21, 2016" - from the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Full Coverage - Farrah Sentenced to 3.5 Years" - SaveOurSisk.org. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  7. "Hearing Minutes May 15, 2017" - from the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  8. "Farrah's Prison Arrangements - What We Know So Far" - SaveOurSisk.org. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  9. [2] "SaveOurSisk.org"

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