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Son wins lawsuit against his parents for throwing away his $ 29,000 porn collection


A man won a lawsuit against his parents for getting rid of his $ 25,000 worth of pornography collection.

David Werking, 42, sued parents Beth and Paul after they kicked "a lot of pornography and a range of sex toys" out of their Grand Haven, Michigan home.

The parents now have to pay their son compensation in the amount to be determined.

But Werking kept a detailed record of how much money he spent on porn, which was mostly from the 80s and 90s. He is now demanding three times this amount as a penalty for “willful destruction of property”.

In total, he listed more than 400 VHS tapes and 1,600 DVDs that he said he had thrown away.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney ruled in favor of Werking, who said his parents had no right to throw away his collection.

After a divorce, he returned home for 10 months in 2016 before moving to Muncie, Indiana.

But he noticed that a dozen boxes of VHS tapes, DVDs, magazines, and sex toys valued at an estimated $ 25,000 were missing when they shipped his possessions to his new address.

Paul Werking

The parents Beth and Paul Werking are shown. They have been told they would have to pay damages to their own son if they throw away his "disturbing" pornography collection after they threw him out when he lived free in their basement after his divorce at age 42. The son is not shown

The Werkings had told their son that he couldn't bring the pornography home to him and that if they found it it would be destroyed.

His father said in an email, "Honestly, David, I've done you a great favor getting rid of all of this stuff."

The parents kept some of the pornography they labeled "worst of the worst" in a safe out of fear it might be illegal.

The police checked the X-rated material and found no evidence of illegality or any resulting charges.

They then threw it away. In an email, his father Paul said to him, “I don't own your pornography. It's gone.

& # 39; It was either destroyed or disposed of. I may have missed a few items that are in your possession now, but if you don't have them by this time, it is gone.

The same goes for your sex toys and dirty magazines.

"We counted twelve moving boxes full of pornography and two boxes of" sex toys "as you call them. We started destroying them that day and it took us quite a while to do so. & # 39;

One of the emails 42-year-old Twerking sent his father. In it he said there are "college girls waiting to be turned into women"

One of the emails 42-year-old Twerking sent his father. In it he said there are "college girls waiting to be turned into women"

In an email to his son, Paul Werking argued about some of the content found, saying, "It wasn't natural or normal."

In an email to his son, Paul Werking argued about some of the content found, saying, "It wasn't natural or normal."

These are just a few of the titles Werking kept in boxes in his parents' basement. The full list is 17 pages long and very explicit

These are just a few of the titles Werking kept in boxes in his parents' basement. The full list is 17 pages long and very explicit

In another email Paul, his father, said, “David, I find your whole attitude towards women very worrying. Women are not objects that you can masturbate with. They are human beings who were created by God just like you were and should be treated with respect and dignity.

E-MAILS BETWEEN WERKING AND HIS PARENTS

WERKING TO FATHER

“There's a lot of porn on the internet if you want to see this father. Try youporn or xhamster.

“Believe me, I know you need it with mom. I needed it with Mary.

"Meanwhile, college girls are waiting for me to be turned into women."

FATHER TO WORK

I find your whole attitude towards women very worrying.

You are almost 40 years old. How has life developed for you so far? Perhaps now is a good time to change your goals and your life.

“In high school you joined a gang that made their living distributing pornography to underage boys. I am sure that you remember the day that mom and I discovered this and put an end to it.

At that time, I destroyed all of your pornography and reported your activities to Pickerington High School officials and other parents.

"I also warned you that if I found it back in my house, I would destroy pornography."

His father added that when he and his wife married, he thought he was going to face & # 39; Mary's problem & # 39; and they wouldn't have to worry about him anymore.

“At that point, we figured that you were Mary's problem, not our problem.

“Apparently a good woman's love wasn't enough to turn you from your evil ways. After ten years of abuse, Mary had enough and kicked you out. After living on the streets for a while, we allowed you to live with us again even though you abused us, ”he said.

Describing the discovery of the vast supply of porn in the basement, his father said, “We were not surprised that you lied to us about pornography because you lied to us about others every day for the entire ten months you lived with us Lied to things.

However, we were amazed at the extent of the lie. We counted twelve moving boxes full of pornography and two boxes of "sex toys" as you call them.

"We started destroying them that day and it took us quite a while to do so."

In another email his father asked: “You are almost 40 years old.

“How has life developed for you so far? Perhaps now is a good time to change your goals and your life.

“Don't worry, I won't preach you again. I think you know enough that you can find out for yourself and know where to find the answers. & # 39;

Angry, Twerking – who had also asked about his "tambourine" and his "black duvet" – called the police, who then contacted his parents.

The 2015 emails begin with Beth, Werking's mother, who offers to send him winter clothes because he has nowhere to live and invites him to stay with them for a while

The 2015 emails begin with Beth, Werking's mother, who offers to send him winter clothes because he has nowhere to live and invites him to stay with them for a while

He complained to her about the possible life in the basement and said that he wanted to "paint with oil" and that he needed natural light

He complained to her about the possible life in the basement and said that he wanted to "paint with oil" and that he needed natural light

The judge who stood up for Werking - Paul Maloney. He will be sworn in in 2007

The judge who stood up for Werking – Paul Maloney. He will be sworn in in 2007

In an angry email to his father, he had also said, “There is a lot of porn on the internet if you want to see this father. Try youporn or xhamster.

“Believe me, I know you need it with mom. I needed it with Mary. In the meantime, college girls are waiting for me to be turned into women. & # 39;

Werking's ex-wife Mary, with whom he shares a daughter

Werking's ex-wife Mary, with whom he shares a daughter

They admitted they destroyed some and said they kept some other DVDs in a safe in case it was illegal.

Judge Maloney said, “There is no question that the property destroyed was David's property.

"The defendants repeatedly admitted to having destroyed the property."

Werking's parents said they had the right to act as his landlord and warned him not to bring pornography into the house.

"The defendants do not cite any law or jurisdiction to support their claim that landlords can destroy property they do not like," the judge said.

Maloney asked both sides to provide information about the financial worth of the collection.

"The court does not intend to hold an evidence hearing," he said.

Werking and his parents have until February to submit written documents listing the total damage.

Son's attorney, Miles Greengard, says his client should receive triple damages to which he is entitled based on his property conversion right.