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Child pornography: More than just photos and nudity

Internet sex crimes include child pornography, a crime that can lead to a person being placed on a sex offender list. Something you need to know about child pornography is that it isn't always sexually explicit. Sometimes, seemingly innocent images can be construed as pornography, and if you're charged over said image, it's up to you to defend yourself as quickly as possible.

Child pornography, by its name alone, would suggest that it's any kind of sexual image of a child performing or participating in a sexual act. That's not entirely true, though. In fact, any naked image of a child could be accused of being child pornography if there is any hint of sexuality to the photo. Photos, videos, digital images that were adapted, created, or modified can all be considered to be child pornography.

What's interesting about a child pornography charge is that even children can face it thanks to posting images of themselves online. The federal government has laws in place that prohibit the production and distribution of child pornography, so if a 15-year-old girl takes a naked and suggestive photo that she places online, she could be charged with distribution. The age of consent in the state also doesn't matter; any child under 18 is not legally able to be in a sexually explicit photography or other form of media.

With so many variances on the laws surrounding child pornography, it's important that you seek a strong defense if you've been charged. You'll need to look at the evidence against you and work out the best way to defuse those arguments. Our website has more information.

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