A 45-year-old man in Wisconsin has recently been charged with child pornography possession. Apparently, authorities identified a specific computer using a peer-to-peer online network that is known for child pornography distribution. With the help of the Internet service provider, authorities determined that the computer was located at an address on Main Street.
Child porn charges can range from simple possession of child porn to the actual creation of child pornography. Regardless of the severity of the alleged crime, the penalties can be harsh and an aggressive defense strategy is often necessary. An analyst for the legislative council here in Wisconsin has recently been accused of child pornography possession and will likely need such a defense as he decides how to move forward.
Child pornography is something that both state and federal law enforcement agencies take extremely seriously, and they often work together to investigate and take down people they think could be involved with the capturing or sharing of "sexually explicit" images involving minors.
We have previously written that sex crimes are among the most severely punished and publicly reviled criminal offenses, especially sex crimes against children. Therefore, it should go without saying that if the FBI or some other law enforcement agency detected evidence of online activity related to child pornography, you would be facing much stricter penalties than a mere fine.
A fundamental principle of criminal law holds that people should be able to understand what behavior is criminal and what is not in order to make informed decisions. Without clarity in the criminal code, individuals can unknowingly commit criminal acts without intending to do so. Unfortunately, sometimes criminal law is confusing due to nuance and sometimes it is confusing due to conflicting interpretations of the law.
We have previously written that sex crimes are among the most reviled and highly punished offenses. Law enforcement works especially hard to prosecute individuals for alleged sex crimes involving children or minors.
Romantic relationships can make people do some pretty foolish things, especially those who feel like they have been betrayed by their significant other. Sometimes, the desire for revenge is so strong that the wronged person becomes blinded to how their act of retribution could have self-destructive consequences.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a criminal case from Minnesota involving a university football coach who was recently arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. However, the details surrounding the charges have raised questions about whether or not a sex crime was actually committed.
Sex crimes are so reviled by the public and carry such a social stigma that it doesn't take long for an unfounded accusation to spiral out of control, especially when the alleged victims are children. When public anger reaches a boiling point, the criminal justice system is in danger of becoming little more than a witch hunt.
No matter what type of criminal charge a person is facing, a conviction can have long-lasting consequences. There are the more obvious penalties that can result, such as a prison sentence or probation. But some of the less obvious consequences impact a person's personal life.