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Law enforcement trace child porn files to Pennsylvania man

Viewing, creating, receiving or sharing child pornography is a crime associated with serious consequences both in Pennsylvania and on the federal level. For instance, first-time offenders charged with producing pornographic materials of minors may be required to spend between 15 and 30 years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, pictures of minors are considered child pornography even if the children are not engaging in sexual activity. Additionally, the age of consent does not apply in these cases. Any pictures or media files containing explicit images of children under the age of 18 are considered illegal.

Man admits pornographic relationship with minor online

Many people in Pennsylvania believe that what they view, post, or who they interact with online is completely private. However, this is not always the case. For instance, in Pennsylvania viewing or receiving child pornography is a crime that is punishable on both the state and federal level. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, under federal law, images of child pornography are not protected under the First Amendment and are considered illegal contraband. This includes any images that are viewed or created online or taken and then uploaded to the internet or another electronic device.

University officials in Pennsylvania, elsewhere work to curb sexual assault

When parents send their daughters to colleges and universities across the state, they usually hope for the best. Due in part to the partying culture of some universities, sexual assault has become common at universities in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.

Upper Moreland man gets jail sentence for child porn possession

Many people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere fall into the trap of pornography, and it quickly becomes an addiction. For some people, this addiction leads them to seek child pornography. Because it exploits children, people who are caught with child pornography are often prosecuted and punished severely. Often, these people also need help to overcome their addiction.

President Obama pressures universities to address sexual assault problem

When Pennsylvania parents send their children to college this fall, they may worry that their daughters, especially, will be changed forever by the trauma of sexual assault. Thankfully, high-level politicians are putting pressure on university officials across the country to lower the incidence of sex crimes on college campuses.

Pennsylvania Superior Court panel reverses priest's child endangerment conviction

When parents leave their children under the supervision of teachers, caregivers, church leaders, and other responsible adults, it’s important that they have complete trust in them. Unfortunately, these adults sometimes abuse their positions, and children may be mentally, emotionally, or physically abused as a result. Nevertheless, before convicting someone of a sex crime, which comes with serious consequences, it is important for Pennsylvanians to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Sex Crimes Offender Registration Does Not Apply

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled on December 12, 2013, that the registration requirements under SORNA, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, did not apply to a Defendant who pleaded guilty before SORNA became effective on December 20, 2012, and was not subject to registration under Megan's Law as a result of the guilty plea to sex crimes.  In the case of Commonwealth vs. Hainesworth, the Superior Court rendered its decision based on contract law, and not upon constitutional grounds or upon grounds of retroactivity of the new law.  The Court said that Hainesworth had entered into a contract to plead guilty of crimes which had no Megan's Law implications, and therefore, he was entitled to the benefit of his guilty plea bargain and did not have to now register as a sex offender.

Pennsylvania considering legislation to collect DNA samples upon arrest

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania use many tools to help them track down people who may be guilty of a crime. Although it’s their job to find and arrest people who have committed sex crimes, drug crimes, and other serious offenses, it’s also important for them to follow the limits established in the state and federal constitutions.

Beaver Falls man accuses police department of unjust arrest

Pennsylvanians who are arrested for sex crimes are not only subject to harsh penalties, but they also experience the embarrassment of such a serious crime. For this reason, it is important for law enforcement to ensure that they are arresting a person who matches the victim's description before they arrest and accuse someone of sex offenses.

Pennsylvania teacher accused of raping high school student

When Pennsylvania law enforcement discover a possible sex offender, it is likely that the person has little control over his or her behavior. Unfortunately, this lack of control sometimes causes the person to have multiple victims. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the person’s repeated sex offenses could be a result of a personality or mental disorder.

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