A Salt Lake City man has been arrested after police discovered he had been viewing as well as drawing pictures of child pornography.
Downloading explicit content
48 year old Jesus Gabriel Nielson was investigated by the ICAC task force after he was discovered downloading sexually explicit images of children. A search warrant on Nielson’s home and electronics was issued where thousands of images and videos of young children being sexually abused were located. Neilson admitted to having a problem viewing the content for several years, but claimed to have never harmed a child in person.
Waste of artistic talent
When investigators were searching Nielson’s home and collecting the illegal content, they found several books containing hand-drawn sexually explicit images of children. Apparently, Nielson drew the pictures as a way to curb his cravings for the illegal content. Investigators states that the images were quite detailed in their portrayal of child sexual abuse. Nielson was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on 10 counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Utah law defines possession of child pornography as sexual exploitation of a minor. Utah Code 76-5b-201 states “A person is guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor when the person:
- knowingly produces, possesses, or possesses with intent to distribute child pornography; or
- intentionally distributes or views child pornography;”
Sexual exploitation of a minor is a second degree felony unless the person is responsible for producing the illegal content themselves; in that case the charge would be increased to a first degree felony. Nielson is facing ten second degree felonies, which typically means there is one charge for each minor depicted in the illegal content. Each charge of sexual exploitation of a minor comes with a possible prison sentence of one to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Anyone caught viewing or downloading child pornography, regardless of the evidence against them should consult with an attorney as they prepare for their time in court.