Possession Or Promotion of Child Pornography

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    lavonda7732
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    Most individuals who possess or promote child pornography know that these activities are against the law. The promotion of child pornography is essentially the distribution of the materials. There are various reasons a person can be charged with the possession of or promotion of a child pornography, all of which involve the use of a child or the depiction of a child.

    Individuals can sometimes be charged for being involved in a case of child pornography when he or she had no involvement in the crime. Computers may be screened for these materials and the owner of the computer may be charged for any such materials found. However, the owner of the computer may not have performed the criminal activity of owning or promoting the materials. Individuals who have been charged with such crimes should seek legal counsel immediately.

    Any person who intentionally possesses or distributes material that depicts a child under 18 years of age engaging in sexual activity can be charged under the court of law. Sexual conduct can be any sexual intercourse, masturbation, physically aggressive forms of sex, sexual assault, bestiality, or the display of any genitalia or other private areas.

    Child pornography is illegal for many different reasons. The children who are involved with the creation of an image or motion image should not be and are not expected to be exposed to sexual activity or exploited at such a young age. It is also the belief of the federal government that possessing any depiction of a child performing a sexual act is unethical and therefore against the law.

    The courts determine that pornography is a visual medium. Any individual or group of individual can be charged with child pornography if the party or parties possess or distribute material in these forms:

    <u><i>-Photographs or videos</i></u>

    <u><b>-Film negatives</b></u>

    -Slides

    These materials can also be found inside computer hard drives, compact discs (CD’s), digital video discs (DVD’s), diskettes, film reel, or other transmission device. Depending on the state a person resides in, he or she may be charged with distribution if the amount of materials found in his or her possession is greater than only a few. A person may face a felony of the first or second degree, depending on the laws of his or her state.

    For additional resources regarding child pornography and legal assistance available for individuals facing such charges, contact the Massachusetts sex crimes lawyer James Powderly.

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