Possession of pornographic images of children under the age of 13 is an especially serious crime. Most such crimes are treated as felonies, and the penalties can be very severe for persons who are repeat offenders or registered sex offenders. Two recent arrests of registered sex offenders by the Louisiana State Cyber Crimes Unit demonstrate the potential consequences of collecting and possessing child pornography.
One of the suspects was charged with 500 counts of possessing sexual abuse images and videos of children under the age of 13. The suspect is currently on probation after having been previously convicted of similar crimes. If the man is convicted of the current charges, his prior history of similar conduct means that he could serve up to 40 years in prison and be assessed a fine of up to $75,000.
The second suspect was charged with 10 counts of possession of sexual abuse imagery and videos of children under the age of13. Because the man has previously been convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles and possessing child pornography, he also faces more severe sentences than a first-time offender.
The crimes for which these two men have been charged are very serious. Both state and federal laws contain strict penalties for both first-time and repeat offenders. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A capable attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the charges and evidence in the case, assist in formulating defense strategies and, if the facts are favorable, negotiate a favorable plea agreement or obtain an acquittal at trial.
Source: myarklamiss.com, “Two sex offenders arrested on over 500 counts of child pornography,” Sharon Cummings, Nov. 22, 2017