Huge Child Pornography Seizure ….Millions of Illegal Images

Attorney Peter D Aiken State and Federal Child Pornography Defense Attorney 941-366-3506
Attorney Peter D Aiken
State and Federal
Child Pornography Defense Attorney
941-366-3506

In Louisiana State troopers arrested three men, seized numerous computers and storage devices which contained over one million illicit images.

Needless to say, these men are facing decades in prison.

As a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer, and a State and Federal Child Pornography defense attorney, I have seen a trend in child porn prosecutions. Here in Sarasota, the State is running up the sentencing guideline computation by filing dozens of second degree felony charges in kiddie porn cases. It is a third degree felony to possess an illegal child porn image or video. In almost every child porn case, the search warrant results in the seizure of hundreds of images. That is because now, in the age of the Internet, with a single click of a mouse, dozens if not hundreds of images can be downloaded instantly. The State can charge hundreds of individual counts as third degree felonies. This runs the guidelines for sentencing through the roof. Even worse, the State can file a second degree felony for each image if the person arrested possesses more than ten images and one of the ten involves a child engaged in sex (sexual battery). This can jack the guidelines even higher by scoring each individual image as a second degree felony, rather than a third. This results in sentencing guideline manipulation. This results in sentencing guideline manipulation

Child Pornography cases are tough.

The public opinion and bias makes trying them to a jury problematic. You have to find technical defenses such as search and seizure issues or other ways to win. Tough does not mean impossible. For over thirty years I have been taking on tough cases. If it was easy, every lawyer would do it.

 

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Hot Spot on the Hot Seat in 2015
As Internet child pornography arrests increase in 2015, the danger of being falsely accused of child pornography increases. Did you know that your Internet Service provider, or even your cable TV provider can put you at risk? Some Internet providers like Comcast can make the modem in your house a public “hot spot” that enables neighbors and people on the street to access child porn and make it appear that the child porn site is being accessed from your address.
When law enforcement receives information that a child pornography image with a known hash value has been transmitted to or from a particular IP address, they can obtain a search warrant which results in the search of your home and possibly an arrest. This puts innocent citizens at risk of being falsely accused or possession of illegal images. There is a major push towards more and more child pornography arrests in 2015. Here in Sarasota, law enforcement has made it a high priority and the State Attorney’s office has promised vigorous prosecution for crimes related to child pornography.
Are they going to create cases in Florida and entrap people with child porn sex stings? My prediction is that the resources that were doing the horrible Internet sex stings will now be directed to child pornography sex stings. My prediction is that undercover officers on adult sites will now be engaging in chat and texting with the goal being getting someone to send videos or images of underage kids engaged in sexual conduct. As a sex sting lawyer and child pornography defense lawyer, I have been following the trend now for some months.
Deleting a video or an image does not remove it from your computer. Some people think simply hitting the delete button will remove something that has accidentally been downloaded. This simply is not true. Even the programs that claim they can remove or erase content are not really effective. Reformatting the hard drive is the only solution. If something accidentally or unintentionally ends up on your computer take steps immediately to correct the situation. Never, no never send or receive images of children engaged in sex. Curiosity killed the cat and curiosity can land you in State or Federal prison. Never allow anyone with a peer to peer sharing program to access your computer. The best way to avoid an arrest is to not commit the crime. Do not let curiosity get the best of you. As a criminal defense attorney and Child pornography sting lawyer, I am very familiar with ‘what happens next’ when accused of possession or transmitting child porn images. If you or a loved one is under investigation in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Osceola, Orange, Polk, Palm Beach, Pasco, Marion or Lee counties with possession of Child Pornography or have been arrested for transmission of child pornography or If you have any questions, feel free to call, Attorney Peter D Aiken, for a free consultation at 941 366 3506

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