While the Internet makes it much quicker and less expensive than ever before to share helpful information, it also makes it faster and easier to share harmful information. Such is the case with child pornography, which is relatively widely distributed online.
As a previous post noted, the viewing or downloading of child pornography, that is, pornography depicting minors, is a felony offense under both Kentucky and federal law. Among other penalties under Kentucky law, a person can be sent to prison for up to five years for each image of child pornography downloaded or viewed.
Under federal law, the penalties can be even more severe. Those convicted on child pornography charges can be sentenced to up to 20 years. A repeat offense carries an even longer sentence.
A person convicted on child pornography charges may also be forced to register under Kentucky and federal sex offender registries. Being registered as a sex offender can make it extremely difficult for a person to find a job or even good housing, even after they have served any prison time and paid any fines.
As with any criminal charge, the accused has the right to a defense. And it is imperative that the accused seek out the best defense attorney they can find.
State or federal authorities will have to prove their cases beyond a reasonable doubt before they can secure a conviction. Moreover, police and prosecutors will have to prove that at all stages of their investigation, they acted according to the laws, including the U.S. and state constitutions.