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Possession of child porn conviction brings harsh punishment

In a Washington DC federal courtroom earlier this week, a 31-year-old man was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison for possession of child pornography.

The Pennsylvania man had pleaded guilty to a count of dissemination of child pornography back in May of this year. As part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, he will receive in addition to the time in federal prison, a decade of supervision after his release, the judge ordered.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge against the defendant of attempting to entice a minor.

The investigation of the man began in October of last year, law enforcement officials said, when an undercover Washington DC city police officer exchanged online messages with the defendant. According to the undercover detective, the defendant sent him child pornography in late October and early November of 2011.

The defendant was also accused of trying to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity in that same period of time.

The man was arrested in mid-November of last year. An investigation of his computer apparently revealed 60 child porn videos and 10 photographs.

The federal government defines child porn as "any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor." That includes photos, videos and even computer-generated images that are not of real people, but "appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor."

It should be noted that the images don't necessarily need to depict sexual behavior. If the child is nude in the photo, video or digital image, and the image is "sufficiently sexually suggestive," a person in possession of that image could face prosecution under the United States Code.

Our Maryland law firm represents people facing similar allegations. For more information, visit our Silver Spring child pornography criminal defense page.

Source: mainlinemedianews.com, "Malvern man sentenced to more than 8 years in prison for possession of child pornography," Oct. 12, 2012

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