Conn. Man ‘Shocked’ Over YouTube Kid Arrest

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. AP/1010 WINS–A man who captured a short video of his 8-year-old neighbor tossing around swear words and posted it online says he never thought it would land him in handcuffs.

Josh Eastman said Thursday that he still was taken aback that the boy’s family chose to call the police to get the clip removed from YouTube. He said he was shocked by his arrest.

“If they didn’t like the video they could have just asked me nicely to take it off, and I would have taken it off,” Eastman said. “They didn’t have to go call the police and have me arrested for it.”

Eastman, 34, was arrested Tuesday and was charged with impairing the morals of a child after the boy’s mother alerted authorities of an online clip titled “Swearing Kid,” police said. He posted $2,500 bail and is due in court Sept. 8.

The 13-second clip depicted the boy outside spewing profanity, Eastman said.

The video has been removed from YouTube, but a copy has been obtained by authorities and is being reviewed, police spokesman Detective Keith Bryant said.

“This kind of a case is a first for us,” he said.

Eastman, of Bridgeport, said his family and the boy’s family are friendly and he recorded the boy on his digital camera because the boy had developed a reputation around the neighborhood for swearing. He said initially he thought it would be humorous to post the video on YouTube because the site hosts other clips of children cursing.

Authorities said the boy, whose name hasn’t been released, told his mother Eastman encouraged him to swear and paid him $1.

The boy’s mother told the Connecticut Post newspaper on Wednesday her family was upset over the video and the boy usually doesn’t exhibit that kind of behavior.

Eastman said he didn’t pay the boy or ask him to curse on camera.

“I don’t know where they came up with that idea,” he said.

  • Teacher

    If that the way you get a child to clean his filthy mouth, so be it; Sir. I congratulate you. His parents should be thanking you for helping them with their parenting skills. Children from homes like there’s have done irreparable harm to other neighbors, children in school and around their homes. I hope the Judge fine this family for raising their children on “Curse Cereal.” God Bless You.

  • History History

    LEAVE KIDS ALONE!!!!! What is so difficult? This is not his kid, this is not even a relative, what was he thinking?? He has no right to do ANYTHING AT ALL with this kid. Not talk to him, not video him, not anything!!!! If that was my kid I’d take EVERYTHING he owns in ciivil court.

  • murohs

    I know the family and the kid…he supposedly was taken down when asked but the idiot reposted it

  • gotacomment

    If the guy discovered the kid had developed a potty mouth, why not just do a candid and take it to the parents? If they were on such good terms, just say “I think you should know about this.” Putting it on the ‘Net for al the world to see was the wrong approach. And no, an 8-year-old is not a toddler. If the kid heard that said about himself. he’d probably really turn the air blue and I don’t know that I’d blame him.

  • valerie

    I agree – the fact that he posted a video of someone else’s kid online is dead wrong regardless of the content.


    i cant believe that you people find this guy’s behavior right ? he took someone child i had him swearing and on top of it put it in the internet .. what are we becoming ? animals ? savages ? …..please somebody tell me WHAT ARE WE BECOMING ?
    it wasnt right for him to do that , WHAT else is going to be next ? im not exagerating BUT what is going on with people ?????

  • Quincy

    He’s 34? I think he needs some more vegetables in his diet.

  • fed up

    I smell a law suit for false arrest. when did it become a crime to speak the english language!! I bet if this child was a muslim and was spewing hatred and wanting to kill jews etc… i bet it Conn. would bend over backwards for him.

    • History History

      You’re an idiot. He had no right whatsoever to do anything with this kid. I smell a lawsuit from the family, and everyting he owns is GONE!!! Not that he looks like he has much. But I hope he loses it.

  • Frank

    He looks like he ate the kid.

  • deke

    or every white person for once owning slaves.

  • jack

    he looks innocent

  • David

    Love the white trash look

  • jersey girl

    This is stupid. SO WHAT !?! We can’t even think without getting in trouble these days with every jew lawyer at the ready to sue anybody. Cuz everybody want to childproof the world. And every body wants a quick buck. Stupid.

    • History History

      You don’t have children either, huh? Or if you do, you’re raising them to be loser animals, aren’t you.

    • dtr

      really ? only the “jew” lawyers ? really ??

  • joolz

    hehe i like him

  • El Estupido

    An eight year old is not a toddler.

  • BecCar

    They arrested a man because an 8 year old was swearing? Does this mean we get to arrest every single ‘singer’, writer producer or actor who encouraged a child to swear?

    Tax dollars at work y’all

    • History History

      You really don’t get it, and I HOPE you don’t have children.

    • david

      you are a moron

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