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 prosecutions, including the most recent large scale sting in May.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
- Do not say anything to the police, whether they are investigating you for child pornography or any other crime. Any statement you make will be used against you. Even false denials.
- Be sure to hire a good criminal defense attorney, preferably someone with familiarity with the technology.
- Be aware that a state prosecution may later be dismissed in favor of a federal prosecution; in general, federal prosecutions are much more severe.
- Bonding someone out of custody may be the right approach, but be sure that when you bond them out, a federal prosecution does not immediately follow so they are simply re-arrested.
- Talk to a criminal defense lawyer before making important decisions about thecase.
- Save all documentation you receive, including receipts for seized hardware, harddrives, phones, and storage devices.
- Do not panic. This is a long process. Mistakes made early can have last effect on the case, and outcome.
- Do not speak with the police. Again. Do not speak with police. Have a lawyer present if you decide to participate in an interview.