Widely quoted “outlaw biker authority” James F. Quinn has been charged with nine felony counts of possession of child pornography.
Quinn is a former professor of criminology at the University of North Texas in Denton and the author of numerous works about bikers including: “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider;” “The Tools, Tactics, and Mentality of Outlaw Biker Wars;” “Leathers and Rolexes: The Symbolism and Values of the Motorcycle Club;” “The Nature of Criminality Within One-Percent Motorcycle Clubs; “Angels, Bandidos, Outlaws, and Pagans: The Evolution of Organized Crime Among the Big Four 1% Motorcycle Clubs;” “Sex and Hedonism Amongst One-Percenter Bikers;” “The Organization of 1% Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs;” “One Percenter Women: An Evolving Typology;” and “Motorcycle Gangs.”
Quinn was frequently and widely quoted in regional and national publications including The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal in the days following the Twin Peaks Massacre in Waco on May 17. Quinn gave interviews and his opinions were quoted from May 18 until May 24 when he contributed to a story in USA Today. He gave an extended interview to Texas Public Radio on May 20. Bill Whitaker, the opinion editor for the Waco Tribune-Herald, quoted Quinn on May 31 in an editorial titled “Complicated biker culture blurs lines on good guys, bad guys, outlaws and wannabes.”
During all of this period of his recent celebrity, Quinn knew he had been caught red-handed with child pornography. Two pedophilic videos and seven pedophilic photographs were discovered on one of Quinn’s computers on May 13. He was arrested and booked into the Denton County jail on May 29. He resigned his tenured position at North Texas on June 4.
He was indicted by a grand jury on July 24. He is currently free on $10,000 bail. He faces two to ten years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine if he is convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned August 20.