More Child Porn Charges in Utah

Utah Criminal Defense Blog, on the topic of  Punishment
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A Utah man has been charged with 10 felonies after law enforcement traced child porn downloads to his computer in 2010. The man in question plays football for SUU, located in Cedar City, and posted bail after he was arrested in early October 2012.

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Viewing Child Porn is a Serious Offense

Ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor are each second degree felonies. According to Utah law, a person can be charged with sexual exploitation of a minor for each minor who appears in the child porn and each time the same minor shows up in different child porn. If you are found guilty of a second degree felony, you could face a prison sentence of anywhere from 1-15 years for each guilty verdict. Additionally, depending on the court, you might be required to serve consecutive sentences (one after the other) or concurrent sentences (all covering the same time period).

What is Sexual Exploitation of a Minor?

Sexual exploitation of a minor occurs when a person:

• Knowingly produces, possesses or has control of child porn with the intent to distribute it
• Intentionally distributes or views child porn
• Is the parent or guardian of a minor who allows the child to be sexually exploited

Keep in mind that prosecutors do not have to prove the identity of the minor shown in any child porn. Also, it is a defense that no one under the age of 18 was actually included in the pornography.

Child pornography can be damaging to anyone involved in it, whether as a producer or a viewer. If you are addicted to child porn, get the help you need from a licensed health professional.

Let a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Help You

As this story shows, viewing child porn can also get a person into serious legal trouble. Don’t wait to contact a top Utah criminal defense attorney if you are being investigated for or have been arrested for viewing child pornography. Regardless of past mistakes, you deserve the best criminal defense you can find to fight for your freedom and reputation. Make the right call today.

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  2. Child Porn is on the Rise in Utah
  3. Sexual Exploitation in Utah
  4. Unlawful Sexual Activity Charges in Utah
  5. Alleged Child Exploitation by Utah Man

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