This blog recently discussed what sex offender registries are and what the requirements under a sex offender registry are. Five men were recently arrested in Louisiana, including two from the Baton Rouge area, on 300 counts of exploiting children. The five men were charged with sexual exploitation of children in the alleged cyber crime sweep. The Louisiana Attorney General announced the arrests following them.
One of the men, a 24-year old, was arrested on 250 counts of sexual abuse images and/or including videos of children. A second man, a 58-year old, was arrested on 30 counts of sexual abuse images and/or including videos of children. A third man, a 59-year old, was arrested on 5 counts of sexual abuse images and/or including videos of children. The third man had previously been arrested for child pornography.
In addition, and 18-year old man was arrested on 8 counts of sexual abuse images and/or including videos of children and a 20-year old man was arrested on one count of distributing sexual abuse images and/or videos of children. Sex crimes charges are serious charges with potential personal, professional and lifelong consequences. In addition to possibly harsh penalties and consequences, individuals accused of sex crimes face a significant stigma and possible sex offender registry reporting requirements.
Sex crimes, just like all criminal charges, can be challenged as part of the criminal defense process which is a right all individuals accused of crimes enjoy. Criminal defense rights include the right to challenge evidence, witness statements and any actions of authorities taken in violation of procedural protections that must be followed for the protection of accused individuals. With so much on the line, it is important for any accused individual facing criminal charges to be familiar with how to develop the best criminal defense strategy for their specific circumstances and situation.
Source: WBRZ.com, "Five arrested for child porn in cyber crime sweep," Jeremy Krail, Feb. 13, 2017