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The Park Cities ‘Socialite’ Arrested For Child Porn

Question about this story that WFAA broke on Friday about Erika Perdue of University Park, busted for allegedly having so much child porn on her computer that she had trouble keeping track of it all.

Channel 8’s online headline says “University Park socialite allegedly involved in child porn.”  The descriptor  “socialite” seems to be used solely because the women lives in a $1.4 million house (a “mansion,” according to the report) in the Park Cities.

This story, because of the rarity of women being charged with distributing child pornography, has taken off across the world-wide echo chamber.  And so CBS, Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, the New York Daily News, ABC News, among others, also are repeating the term.

So what’s a “socialite?” Just a synonym for “rich housewife?”

  • http://www.jackejett.com jack jett

    Good Christian Pedophiles….

  • ernest t bass

    “Socialite” is the hook in the headline.

  • Joy

    Whaa….? Another Dallas media outlet has attempted to define who’s a “socialite”? That’s clearly D’s wheelhouse. Hmmph.

  • Jojo

    $1.4 million isn’t a mansion? Really? Sounds like one to me.

  • http://www.dmagazine.com Jason Heid

    @Jojo: It could be. I don’t know. I was, in jest, casting doubt on their use of the term “mansion” since they were seemingly loose with their definition of “socialite.”

    In the Park Cities, there are actually many small houses that just happen to be situated on extremely valuable land. So while it’s not probable that this $1.4 million house isn’t a mansion, it’s certainly possible.

  • yardbird

    In Hyer no less…….. Yeah, she’s a real socialite alright. Please. Maybe in Collin county.

  • Karl

    Not wanting to speculate, but how is it that her husband the intellectual property attorney and member of the patent bar, not aware that his wife has this much child porn on a computer in the home, and has been doing this since 1999? Seriously, and I’m sure she’s not using the same computer today as in 1999 either.

  • Former Texan

    From the article:
    “Women don’t have as much interest in child pornography,” she said. “Generally, we don’t see a lot of that.”

    Yet, with estimates showing the child porn industry generates $50 billion a year, Smit-Torrez says the money is a powerful draw to women.

    They eventually come around to the idea that women can be pervs just like men, but their initial response is that it must be for the money. Double standard?

  • curmudgeon

    Here’s a crazy thought: let’s focus less on the definition of “socialite” and “mansion” (we’ll let D’s editorial board contemplate that over a round of golf) and focus more on the fact that a woman had a hard drive packed with child porn and has been distributing it for nearly 13 years.

  • 32pennies

    Its only “unusual” because years ago the prejudice was to NOT EVEN CONSIDER A WOMEN A SUSPECT

  • 32pennies

    Wealthy people commit crimes all the time and also get caught

    so its only for sensationalistic reasons that the media likes to make it out to be “unheard of”

  • DCAD

    4,073 sq ft McMansion with a view of Northwest Highway? Hardly Versailles.

  • milk&cookies

    It’s awful no matter your gender, where you live,
    or who you’re married too.

  • cookie monaco

    Knew her from Facebook and she knows how to wheel and deal with computers.She hacked mine about 2 years ago!!!!!