Child Pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. Federal Law defines Child Pornography as “any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (persons less than 18 years old).” Images of Child Pornography are also referred to as child sexual abuse.
It is a crime to produce, possess, distribute, or sell any pornographic material that exploits a minor. When Child Pornography laws are violated the offenders face severe statutory penalties. Child Pornographic laws also include the use of technology and the internet to obtain, share and distribute Child Pornographic material.
The offenders in Child Pornography
Offenders involved in Child Pornography vary from producers to actual users. It is important to apprehend all individuals in every step of the process to combat and eliminate Child Pornography. Common groups of Child Pornography offenders are:
The Producers: These are the individuals who employ, use, or advertise minors in pornographic material. This includes both homemade and commercially produced pornography.
The Distributors: These individuals are involved in commercially producing material. They sell, mail, loan, give, export, advertise, or transport pornographic material. There are many pedophile organizations that act as contact services for pedophiles to obtain Child Pornography.
Coercers: They are involved in coercing children to engage in pornographic material. They rely heavily on bribery and persuasion. They often manipulate children by offering them things that they really want.
The User: They are commonly called pedophiles. These take pleasure in using pornographic material.
Child Pornography among youth
Sexting is another issue that has arisen in the recent past. It is the use of peer/self-exploitation among teenagers. In certain circumstances, sexting may be considered criminal in nature. These may include the following:
- A young person unintentionally creating Child Pornography.
- Youth intentionally producing or sharing images/videos that meet the Child Pornography criteria.
- A young individual who is engaging in behaviour that involves intimidation and/or coercion of the affected youth. He/she is also guilty of creating and sharing of Child Pornography.
- Criminal harassment, extortion, voyeurism, and impersonation.
Hire an Attorney today
Whether falling under federal or state law, Child Pornography crimes are serious and carry very long sentences. When your reputation, your job and your livelihood are on the line, a sex crimes attorney in Jersey City, NJ at The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC can assist in investigating and preparing your case. Joel and his team can work with the appropriate experts to maximize your ability to obtain a successful resolution of your case. Are you charged with an offense in Child Pornography? Our expert and well versed lawyers have your best interest in mind while fighting your case.