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Viewing and Producing Child Porn Should Carry the Same Weight in Court

According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a significant decrease in prison time for people convicted of child pornography in the last four years. Although there is an existing advisory guideline released by the US Supreme Court concerning maximum penalties to be meted out towards convicted child pornographers, more and more local courts are leaning towards the lesser punishment for them.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a significant decrease in prison time for people convicted of child pornography in the last four years. Although there is an existing advisory guideline released by the US Supreme Court concerning maximum penalties to be meted out towards convicted child pornographers, more and more local courts are leaning towards the lesser punishment for them.

Why the change?

The Justice Department listed more than 2,000 reported cases of child pornography last year and majority of these people were found guilty of downloading or viewing pornographic material that involves children. However, providing convincing evidence that they too participated in the distribution or production of the said material is so hard to do in court.

Federal sentencing guidelines provides that the minimum sentence for viewing and downloading child pornographic stuff is five years. But most judges lean towards the convicted offender by setting a trend of providing shorter jail time if it isn’t proven that the accused was in fact guilty of producing or distributing the same material he viewed or downloaded.



The law is the law – but the Supreme Court ruled a few years back that no one can interpret the federal guidelines as some sort of mandatory practice and if it is practiced as such, then it is unconstitutional.

We should keep in mind that willfully downloading and viewing child pornography carries the same weight as producing and distributing them. Not that I’m leaning towards harsher punishments for both offenses, it’s just that both activities comprise a gross violation of children’s rights and a clear manifestation of abuse and exploitation. Thus, it is justifiable to exact the same punishment of five years imprisonment or more for anyone who has either viewed and downloaded child or produced and distributed child porn content.

05.26.2017 | Guest

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RK
Friday, 18 February 2011

Child Pornographer and Molestor in Provo, Utah

Its fair to say that most child molesters started somewhere...Child pornography is the most likely starting point. In the case of the defendant noted in the news article below, he videotaped his own 6 year old son while he molested him- do you really think Craig Huntington started at that point, or did viewing CP provide a natural progression? Similarly, in between active molestation, where do you think he finds temporary satisfaction- viewing CP....the two things are too closely intertwined.
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Guest
Friday, 26 May 2017

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Deborrah Cooper said,
  Jill Watson, you sound delusional. You also sound very defensive, like a pimp at  
Jeannie said,
  how do I find out if my niece is lieing about being molested by my husband? What  
Bruce Nelson said,
  How about publishing it in epub format - readable on many other ereaders? Why?  

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