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.