Authorities have arrested a man who is accused of several very serious criminal charges related to his interaction with a 15-year-old girl. Investigators assert that the man, who is 51 years of age, crossed state lines for the purpose of transporting the girl out of Pennsylvania and into a neighboring state. He is accused of interacting with the girl with the intent to engage in sexual acts, which is a federal crime. He is now charged with exploitation of a child, possession and distribution of child pornography and trafficking of a minor for the purpose of sexual activities.
A professor at Allegheny College was arrested last fall under suspicion of involvement with child pornography. The 57-year-old was a lauded educator, and news of his arrest shocked many Pennsylvania residents. It was recently announced that the former professor pleaded guilty to multiple child pornography charges and will serve time in a federal prison.
When an individual is accused of sex crimes connected to children, the response of the community is one of outrage and anger. Once an arrest has been made for child pornography or similar crimes, details about the accused are quickly spread by the media, along with details of the alleged crimes. What many in Pennsylvania fail to realize is that many of these charges never make it before a court of law, and a good volume of those that do result in acquittal or dismissal of the charges. By that time, however, the reputation of the accused has already sustained irreparable damage.
According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Williamsport, the CEO of the Boals Mansion Museum is requesting to have separate trials for the charges he is facing. In the motion filed by his attorney, he asserts that the child pornography allegations do not have anything to do with the child sex allegations and should thus be tried separately.
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.
Internet crimes can land you in prison, so if you're charged with one, it's best to seek advice on how to best protect your interests. Web site fraud, Internet sex crimes and child pornography are just some of the things that count as criminal acts on the Internet, but these kinds of charges can be difficult to prove. You may want to consider this case while you think about what to do for yours.
Child pornography is a serious Internet crime that can deleteriously impact a number of people, as well as society as a whole. Recently, a man from Blairsville, Pennsylvania, has been ordered to serve 20 years in prison for producing and distributing child pornography on the Internet.
Allegations of producing or possessing child pornography often lead to the question of whether investigators had the right to access images on a computer and subsequently charge a person in connection with those images. Factual issues may also arise, such as whether or not a person accused of producing child pornography is really the person depicted in a video or picture.
If convicted, people who have been accused of possessing, receiving or distributing child pornography could face a minimum of 5 years in prison. Under Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, a person facing state charges related to child pornography could also be required to register as a sex offender.
Because the Internet spans state and national borders, allegations of Internet crimes can be prosecuted under federal law and state law. This can lead to a dizzying set of legal circumstances for a defendant, and anyone accused of federal or state Internet crimes would be wise to seek appropriate legal counsel.