Child Pornography

Child Pornography Bust in Raleigh

WRAL is reporting a child pornography sting operation throughout the southeast. Eight people in North Carolina face charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Given the multi-state enforcement of child pornography laws, it’s likely that the federal government is involved and this is part of a larger sting operation I’ve written about past child pornography…

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Child Molestation and Roy Moore

Allegations against Roy Moore, Republican candidate to replace Jeff Sessions as senator from Alabama, raise troubling questions about power and coercion. Rumors of Moore’s interest in underage girls date back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in fact there’s a report out now that he was apparently banned from one mall in Gadsden,…

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Downloading Pornography – No Prosecution

Client retained our firm after a tracking device was discovered on his car when he took the car in for a regular check-up at Jiffy Lube. Once the tracking device was removed, police – seeing that the tracking device was no longer functional – visited the client one day before work, interrogating him and his…

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Sentencing Guidelines Meet the Modern Internet

Internet chat systems have been around as long as the internet itself. The first communication between computers on Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet, was basically an instant message. Robust internet chat systems that operated in real time were developed in the 1980s through BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) that were only sporadically connected to the…

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Revenge Porn: The Rob Kardashian Story

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past 10 years, you’ve heard of the infamous Kardashian family. From marriages to children, to leaked sex tapes, this family has been all over social media. Most recently, the youngest of the clan Rob Kardashian has been accused of violating California’s Revenge Porn Law.   The…

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Internet Technology and Pornography

Operation Broken Heart: Child Porn Crackdown

In the wake of Attorney General Session’s Atlanta speech decrying child pornography and reiterating the Trump administration’s emphasis on enforcing pornography distribution laws, the FBI announced Operation Broken Heart IV in late May and early June, a nationwide effort that led to a more than 1,000 arrests. Louisiana saw more than 100 arrests. The Los…

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Peer-to-Peer Sharing and Child Pornography Crimes

Matthew White admits he was surfing the Internet looking for a “Girls Gone Wild” video – a perfectly legal act – when he happened upon a file using the peer-to-peer network Limewire.com.  The file was child pornography.  White did not intend to download it, and immediately deleted the file.  He went on with his life.…

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Peer to Peer Software, LimeWire, and the Threat of Criminal Prosecution

The threat of criminal prosecution is very real in North Carolina, particularly if people use peer-to-peer based file sharing software and either intentionally or even inadvertently download pornography that includes child pornography. While few Raleigh criminal lawyers are familiar with the way this software works, it is important that any lawyer you hire be familiar…

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Strange News: Man Arrested for Watching Child Porn on Delta Flight

Here’s some advice. If you’re going to possess child pornography – which under federal law is punishable by up to 40 years in prison and possible permanent detention if you’re determined to be a violent sexual predator – then it’s a good idea not to watch that child pornography on a cross country airline flight.…

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Child Pornography: Throwing Away the Key

When asked about their thoughts on child pornography, most people have this reaction: “Lock ’em up and throw away the key.” This is just as true in North Carolina – maybe even more so. The best evidence from studies, surveys, and research, indicates that even people who view child pornography almost never actually participate in…

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