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Fairfax Child Pornography Attorney / Engaging in & Soliciting Sex With Minors – Northern Virginia

Virginia Sex Crimes Attorney
Pursuing the best defense since 1991 for felony & misdemeanor cases, solicitation, prostitution, assault, drugs, marijuana

Fairfax Northern Virginia criminal lawyer/DWI attorney pursuing best defense

What makes a full-grown adult seek sexual images of minors and sexual activity with minors? Of course, such crime involving prepubescent minors is all the more vilified in society than such activity with post-pubescent minors, and some jurisdictions have ages of consent below eighteen where at the same time child pornography crimes would be violated to photograph or film such otherwise lawful activity.

Working with a defense forensic psychologist in the course of defending several clients accused of sex offenses involving child pornography and minors, Jon Katz has learned that defendants who actually commit such actions often were themselves abused as minors physically, sexually or mentally to the point of having stunted mentalities of a minor inside an adult sexual being who nevertheless identifies sexually with minors. Of course the question arises why the defendant could not have simply refrained from acting on such impulses, which is easier said than done for many people in such a position.

Jurors might have sympathy for a drug addict selling cocaine to feed his or her addiction, or a thief struggling to make ends meet for his or her family, but generally view alleged sex offenders as predators on among the weakest people in society who must be firmly punished.

As with all criminal defendants, Jon knows the necessity of humanizing his clients charged with sex crimes involving minors, and to empathize with them himself. Jon has seen the revolting images while defending against child pornography charges, and has listened to and read his clients’ alleged words in allegedly attempting sexual liaisons with minors. Accusations of child pornography possession often can be defended by challenging whether the images are of actual minors, and challenging whether the defendant was the one responsible for the images finding their way on his or her computer, versus computer access by others onsite or through vicious computer viruses, and mischievous actions by webpage owners to display child pornography thumbnail photos on websites purporting to be legitimate sexual or non-sexual sites on their Google descrition.

Accusations of soliciting minors for sex can be defended through such approaches of underlining the reasonable doubt about whether the whole matter was about fanatasy or chatter that is offensive but does not rise to the level of proving efforts to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

Of course, a slew of convictions for sex crimes involving minors and others then brings the obligation to register as a sex offender under the threat of prosecution for not doing so. Registering as a sex offender is a scarlet letter and in some jurisdictions can ban the registered person from living in huge swaths of locations.

RELEVANT UNDERDOG BLOG ENTRIES: 

– On the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”)

Va. Ct. App. affirms child pornography conviction without images in evidence

– Virginia Court of Appeals affirms conviction for child pornography in the computer recycle bin

– Narrow tailoring is needed for restrictions on Internet access by probationers & parolees