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Woman convicted of possessing child pornography

Some readers may be aware that a 43-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was recently convicted of possession of child pornography. Her sentencing is scheduled to take place in December. She was taken into custody in August 2013 after police accused the woman of downloading the images in question onto a computer and misrepresenting them as belonging to her husband in an attempt to incriminate him. As a result, she was also charged with lying to police.

Officers involved in the case say that the time stamps on the child pornography images were not consistent with the woman's original story. Her husband had reportedly left the couple's home two weeks prior to the incident, but the images, according to police, had only been downloaded three days before she reported them. Sources say that the woman had filed a protection-from-abuse order against the husband and that this was the reason why he had left the home.

Having been convicted, the woman may potentially be sentenced to up to nine years in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Sources say that her defense attorney in the case argued that the time stamps on the images used as evidence against her were unreliable indicators of her guilt.

Although the woman in this case was convicted of the charges against her, the ultimate severity of the sentence to be imposed remains undecided. The fact that the woman in this case had filed a protection order against her estranged husband could potentially be used as a mitigating factor on her behalf. Even after conviction, a defense attorney may be able to help someone charged with a crime by introducing into consideration factors that may sway a judge toward greater leniency than he or she would otherwise be inclined.

Source: Daily News, "Pennsylvania woman tries to frame estranged husband with Internet child porn, faces prison", Lee Moran, August 22, 2014

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