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Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Charges of sexual misconduct with a child are among the most devastating charges anyone can face. Tragically, false or unfair charges are a regular occurrence. And, in the wake of several high-profile cases involving universities, churches and other respected organizations, a defendant may be deemed guilty until proven innocent. Attorney Blaine Jones understands the embarrassment and anger that often result when someone is accused of acting inappropriately. The immediate reaction is to lash out, proclaim innocence, and talk to law enforcement.

Tragically, defendants have too often harmed themselves before picking up the phone and calling an attorney. Investigators want you to talk – often need you to talk. Do yourself a favor and do your talking to your defense attorney. You are not going to talk yourself out of trouble in such a case. Authorities are going to make an arrest out of an abundance of caution – even if the arrest is unwarranted and not supported by the evidence.

Defense of Sex Crimes Involving Children in Pittsburgh

Under Pennsylvania law (§ 6320), sexual exploitation of a child under 18, is defined as procuring a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The law applies to actual or simulated sexual activity or nudity for the purpose of stimulation or sexual gratification. Sexual exploitation of a child is a second-degree felony punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Types of child sexual exploitation cases include:

  1. Possession, distribution or manufacturing of child pornography
  2. Child prostitution
  3. Sex Tourism
  4. Extra-familial child sexual molestation
  5. Online enticement

Child Exploitation Defense & Federal Law

Federal law also makes it illegal to employ, use, persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual conduct. The law also applies to those transmitting images into the United States, either electronically or through the mail. Receiving, exchanging, buying, distributing or reproducing such images is likewise prohibited under federal law. These charges are often punishable under federal law because of the interstate nature of the offense. Conviction is punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison. Those with a previous conviction face a sentence of up to 50 years. The U.S. Justice Department reports some 50,000 hotline tips per year and believes it's a growing problem.

Child Exploitation & Promoting Prostitution in Pittsburgh

These cases can also involve charges of promoting prostitution, which can also result in federal sentencing. Authorities continue to push such cases by identifying those they believe responsible for prostitution rings – contending pimps target malls, bus stations and other locations in an effort to entice young runaways into the trade. Such "investigative" efforts often unfairly target a defendant and should always be aggressively defended against. Such cases can also involve visa and immigration issues.

The continued focus on cracking down on the perceived problem too often leads to unfair arrest. And, while the natural reaction is for a defendant to attempt to talk his way out of trouble, that typically only exacerbate the problem. Many times, the strongest evidence against a defendant in court is his own words as he attempted to defend himself. No urge is stronger than the urge to defend yourself, especially when allegations involve criminal sexual conduct against a child. Unfortunately, authorities know this and will use it against you. In some cases, charge may not even be possible if a defendant simply exercises his rights to remain silent and contact an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney.

Blaine Jones Law, LLC - Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney
Located at 600 Grant St #660 Pittsburgh, PA 15219. View Map
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