A Louisianan accused of a crime involving a child may be facing a difficult uphill battle. Alleged crimes that involve exploiting children certainly carry a stigma that no Louisianan wants to bear. Whether it is the prostitution of children or sex trafficking of minors, these are serious crimes.
In addition to the stigma associated with crimes involving children, an alleged perpetrator may also face an organized and diligent prosecution when charged with such federal charges. The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), under the wing of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, seeks to enforce federal laws that relate to obscenity and the exploitation of children. Additionally, the Department of Justice launched an initiative known as Project Safe Childhood, led by CEOS, that seeks to identify, apprehend, and prosecute those persons who it believes are involved in the exploitation of children.
Through the CEOS's High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU), federal prosecutors will aggressively pursue alleged perpetrators. The division's computer forensic specialists seek to identify and trap persons they believe are violating the law. Though the prosecution may be utilizing modern day technology to build their case, they still need to comport to the law and avoid violating an accused individual's rights.
It is essential for a person who has been charged with a crime involving child exploitation to seek legal assistance, as the penalties for a conviction can be devastating. Every Louisianan has legal rights that deserve protection under the law. An attorney may be able to offer valuable and trusted guidance against the well-organized division of the CEOS and federal prosecutors.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, "Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS)," accessed June 10, 2016