Each and every arrest for possession of child pornography is well-publicized in the news media. Those accused of the crime are found guilty in the court of public opinion before they ever have a chance to clear their names.
Sex crimes, such as sexual exploitation and child sexual exploitation, are of such a high-profile nature, state and federal law enforcement has made these investigations a top priority. Specialized teams have developed sophisticated means of tracking images of child pornography. Each image has a so-called "fingerprint", and law enforcement searches computer file-sharing services to determine who has downloaded or transmitted the image or movie.
Once the videos or images have been discovered, police will generally try to obtain a warrant to search a suspect's computer. Any additional images that are revealed could result in additional charges.
But what happens in situations where several people in one house share a computer? Police may have difficulty determining who actually downloaded the images, which could lead to several people being falsely accused throughout the investigation.
Even more troubling, there have been several examples of people who have had their wireless internet systems used unknowingly. If the wireless internet system is not password protected, those within range may log on whenever they wish to use this connection for whatever reason. When police check Internet Service Provider (ISP) records, it is the owner of the wireless connection who will be investigated first.
These are life-changing accusations. Your friends will wonder who you are. You could lose your job and everything that you have worked for. If you are being investigated for a child pornography-related offense, such as sexual exploitation or child sexual exploitation, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area. Prosecutors will be aggressive in the way they handle these cases, and you need to take steps to protect yourself. Knowing the options that are available to you can help you build a strong defense to the charges you are facing.