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Kiddie porn – Fairfax criminal lawyer says police are constantly ferreting it out

Kiddie porn – Fairfax criminal lawyer says police are constantly ferreting it out

Kiddie porn is a key law enforcement target

Kiddie porn is so popular with a small sector of society that such consumers are willing to risk long prison terms in the process of accessing, viewing, distributing and even producing such material.

Fairfax criminal lawyer reminds everyone that the Internet is not anonymous

As a Fairfax, Virginia, criminal lawyer I know that it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of anonymity on the Internet. Nothing can be farther than reality. Every Internet hookup is connected to a unique IP address that can easily be traced back to the IP address owner. Every image viewed on a computer leaves on one’s computer or cellphone an image, the Internet site address or both. Every search phrase on search engines gets recorded. Any effort to wipe one’s computer hard drive clean does not delete any data maintained by one’s ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Virginia criminal lawyer addresses the popularity of child pornography with many people

Why is child pornography popular with so many people? With post-pubescent images, the material may not be obviously that of minors.To avoid mistakenly accessing underage nude and sexual images, one should avoid anything but the most reliable of resources (for instanced Penthouse and Hustler productions). Then again, prolific adult actress Traci Lords hoodwinked such reliable producers by claiming to be an adult when she was only seventeen years old.

Fairfax lawyer on mistaken and intentional viewing of child pornography

Sadly, a sizeable number of people seek out prepubescent images as well. Forensic psychologists I have worked with have confirmed that interest in kiddie porn often arises from the viewer’s having a stunted mentality from having been abused as a child, either physically, sexually or mentally. This can amount to an adult identifying sexually with minors. It of course is one thing to so identify and an entirely different thing for the person to seek out and view kiddie porn.

The Virginia Court of Appeals recently affirmed a child pornography distribution and possession and distribution conviction

Police and other law enforcement personnel are constantly seeking out people who possess, distribute and produce kiddie porn. Courts are repeatedly being firm in finding sufficient facts to convict in child pornography prosecutions, in denying motions to suppress evidence, an in imposing harsh sentences. One of the latest examples of this came this week from the Virginia Court of Appeals. Stickle v. Virginia, ___ VA. App. ___ (Dec. 27, 2017).

Virginia and the federal system has particularly strict police and prosecutors for child pornography cases. To anyone with even the slightest temptation to view child pornography, I not only say that that temptation must not be yielded to, but that good psychological counseling is in order — and perhaps participation in a group like Sex Anonymous as well — to obtain and maintain the ability not to give into such temptation.

Fairfax, Virginia criminal lawyer Jonathan L. Katz has successfully defended people charged with sex offenses and other felonies and misdemeanors. For a confidential consultation with Jon, please call his staff at 703-383-1100.

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