To some extent, what one does with one's own computer in the privacy of one's own home is simply that -- private. However, it depends on whether any laws or internet regulations are being violated. One Pennsylvania man recently avoided going to jail after being accused of having child pornography on his personal computer.
Authorities say the man downloaded sexually explicit images of children on his home computer. The 35-year-old man will not go to prison; instead, he was sentenced to five years of probation in the incident. The court also prohibits him from using the internet during that time. Also, he may have absolutely no contact with children that is unsupervised.
The man recently told a judge that he has undergone counseling and understands that what he did was wrong. He stated that by viewing a sexual image of a child, he then became complicit to the violation of that child. It was January 2016 when the man pleaded guilty to 15 counts related to child pornography.
In Pennsylvania and all other states, being accused of sex-related crimes does not necessarily mean one will go to prison, as is evident by this case. Often, the type of criminal defense representation one secures has a lot to do with the outcome obtained in court. Those accused of child pornography may request legal representation from experienced attorneys who have achieved positive results for others in the past. An experienced attorney understands the possible tactics the prosecution will use to attempt to win a verdict against a client and can take steps to defend a client against those strategies.
Source: mcall.com, "Whitehall man avoids jail in child porn case", Laurie Mason Schroeder, May 29, 2016