This story comes courtesy of the Huffington Post, which describes the dire situation of a 43-year-old socialite from Texas who was recently sentenced by a judge to 14 years in prison for trading and shipping child pornography. Law enforcement discovered a "massive cache" of child porn, as HuffPo puts it - 4,000 images on the hard drive of her computer, collected over 13 years of daily downloading while the woman's husband was at work.
If you are a member of a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network, you are considered both a consumer of information and a supplier on that network. If the content you are sharing includes photos, videos or other depictions of minors involved in sexually explicit activity, you could be in for a world of trouble. And by trouble, we mean state or federal sex offense charges.
Yes, without a doubt, even one act of downloading a single piece of child pornography - whether that be a photo, video or other media - can mean criminal sex crimes charges. The possession of child pornography is against both North Carolina and federal laws; downloading one file and quickly deleting it can mean a knock on the door from the cops.
After meeting a 14-year-old girl at ImaginOn in Charlotte, a 40-year-old North Carolina man reportedly lured her to a nearby hotel room with promises of alcohol and is now facing statutory rape and indecent liberties charges, two counts of each sex offense. According to police, Stephen Ward also photographed his encounter with the teenage girl and admitted to snapping at least 15 photos that were sexual in nature of the young female.
Doing things that are illegal, such as committing a sex offense, while in a public place is a surefire way to get yourself arrested. Brandon Helms of Union County was recently arrested on charges that he was viewing child pornography from one of the public computers at his local library.
One year ago, Homeland Security traced the transmission of child pornography across state lines to a home in Harris County, Texas. Last month, the home was active again in sending illegal child pornography via the internet and Homeland Security was still watching.
A plea of guilty to transportation of child pornography along with a criminal history that included two convictions on state sex crimes netted a 432 month prison sentence on federal child sex crimes for a 41-year-old Cantler man. Lawrence Hutson will also face lifetime registration as a sex offender once released as well as supervised release.
A North Carolina man is facing five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after getting caught up in a child porn sting by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Lenoir Police Department. Curtis Kacludis has been charged with both illegal possession and distribution of child pornography.
A former Assistant Principal at Sullivan Middle School in Charlotte resigned after being accused of sexual exploitation of children by local police. A search of Darin Pearson's work computers and Ipod dead-ended the sex offenses investigation however, when no illegal pornographic images of children were found. The Rock Hill Police have closed the sex crimes investigation.