Child Pornography Defense

Child Pornography Defense — Louisiana

 

 

Child Pornography on the Internet

 

 

Have You Been Charged with a Child Pornography Offense in State or Federal Court?

 

 

What is Child Pornography?

It may seem like a silly question, but the legal definition of child pornography is not as clear cut as many may think. For example, in order to be considered pornography, an image does not necessarily need to show a minor engaging in a sexual act, it is enough to show any sexually explicit image. This means that even a picture of a naked child may be sufficient to be considered pornographic if the picture is sexually suggestive.

Another common point of confusion is consent. Consent from a minor is no defense to a child pornography charge. This is because, as the law sees it, there is no way for a minor to give valid to consent to these types of sexually explicit acts. So, as long as the subject is under the age of 18, there can be no consent defense. Similarly, a lack of knowledge of the true age of a minor may or may not be a valid defense, depending on the facts of the case.

 

Punishments for Child Pornography in State and Federal Court

As is the case with most offenses, the punishments for possession, distribution, or manufacture of child pornography vary greatly based on the jurisdiction and specific facts of the case. Even a first-time offender convicted of possession of child pornography is facing a minimum sentence of between 5 and 25 years plus heavy fines.

In addition to a term of imprisonment, most people convicted of a state or federal sex offense will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. This means that, even if that person moves from one city or state to another, they will still be required to register in the new location. Failure to register may result in an additional serious felony charge.

 

 

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Child Porn Victim Restitution

Child Pornography Defense New Orleans

 

Elizabeth B. Carpenter — New Orleans Criminal Attorney

 

If you are facing a Sex Crime charge in Louisiana for Possession, Production, Distribution of Pornography Involving Juveniles, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced New Orleans Sex Crime Defense Attorney.  American culture has created a witch hunt atmosphere for those accused of a sex crime; you will have to face hostile prosecutors and harsh public opinion.  Elizabeth B. Carpenter Law is here to defend you and to protect your freedom.  Ms. Carpenter has the experience necessary to effectuate skilled representation for those accused of Possession, Production, Distribution of Child Pornography.  Contact us to schedule a consultation.

 

 Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Child Porn Victim Restitution

 

A few months ago, I reported that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a woman, was entitled to restitution from a Texas resident and a New Orleans resident , both of whom pleaded guilty in separate cases to possessing child pornography that included images of the woman.

At the end of the article that I posted, one of the attorneys for the defendants suggested that he would ask the Supreme Court to review the ruling.

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.  The legal question is how much are the defendants required to pay in restitution under the 1994 Mandatory Restitution for Sexual Exploitation of Children Act.  The woman says that the defendant is liable for the full amount of her injury – such as counseling and loss of future income – while each defendant asserts that he should only be liable for his individual role. The woman has claimed $3.4 million in damages for this law suit alone.

Court papers indicate that more than 150 courts have awarded Amy restitution but these defendants are the only one to go before the Supreme Court.

Oral arguments and a decision are due in the court’s next term, which begins in October and ends in June 2014.

The case is Paroline v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, 12-8561.

 

 

Who Looks at Child Pornography and Why? — Louisiana Sex Crimes Attorney

Child Pornography Sex Crime Attorney New Orleans

 

Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. — Attorney New Orleans

 

If you are facing a Sex Crime charge in Louisiana of Possession, Production, Distribution of Child Porn, it is imperative that you seek counsel from an experienced Sex Crime Defense Attorney in Louisiana.  American culture has created a witch hunt atmosphere for those accused of a sex crime; you will have to face hostile prosecutors and harsh public opinion.  New Orleans Child Pornography Defense Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. is here to defend you and to protect your freedom.  Contact us to schedule a consultation.

 

Serving Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John, St. James, St. Bernard, Assumption, Terrebonne and Tangipahoa Parishes!

 

Who’s looking at child porn now (and

why)?

Working in the Pentagon doesn’t exempt you from sex addiction.
Published on September 6, 2010 by Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D.

 

On Friday, more news broke regarding the child pornography scandal at the Pentagon that surfaced this summer. In July, it was discovered that more than 250 civilian and military employees of the Defense Department — including some with the highest available security clearance — used credit cards or PayPal to purchase images of children in sexual situations. This was out of the total 5,000 Americans that were discovered to be purchasing child pornography though the investigation.This Friday it was reported that only 52 of the suspects at the Pentagon were investigated and just 10 were charged with viewing or purchasing child pornography. The investigation evidently focused on individuals who had high security clearance and could be subject to blackmail.

In July, news reports focused mostly on the Pentagon, presumably because individuals who are a part of national security should be morally and legally held to a higher standard than the average citizen. Likewise, the news reports on Friday focused on the low numbers of people actually charged – the disappointment in all probability again because of this standard and that people in these roles in our government should not be able to get away with such behavior.

However, there is another story in all of this that deserves coverage as well: what about the 5,000 Americans that were all purchasing child pornography with their credit cards or through Paypal? In spite of ever-increasing sophisticated methods authorities have to track the images and track-down and arrest users, child pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and among the fastest growing criminal segments on the Internet. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children claims that around 20% of all pornography contains children, and the US Department of Justice estimates that pornographers have recorded the abuse of more than one million children in the United States alone.

Obviously, there is a story here about the children being sexually abused and record of their abuse being distributed and sold to millions of viewers. That story is horrible in and of itself. But the other story is of the viewers and purchasers of these images.

To be sure, some percentages of those individuals viewing the images are pedophiles – individuals who suffer from a sexual disorder that makes them attracted to prepubescent children. And some of those individuals will also sexually abuse children during the course of their life. Nevertheless, a great number of the individuals viewing child pornography are not in this category. These individuals are often engaged in compulsive sexual behavior or “sex addiction,” viewing pornography for hours at a time, searching for more and more intense images in order to get the same addictive rush. They stumble upon child pornography and are often horrified when they see it for the first time. But then there is something so taboo and so charged about it that they find themselves returning for the “high”… even when the thought of children being sexually abused makes their skin crawl and they feel sickened by it when they think about what they are looking at.

There is something about the Internet and it’s illusion of privacy and, even more importantly, is illusion of it being “unreal” that makes it the perfect venue for people to end up doing things that they would never consider doing otherwise - be it having affairs, gambling, shopping, exposing their genitals, or looking at child pornography. Even for people working at the Pentagon.

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