With the recent flux in internet use and technology, law enforcement has found a need to regulate cyberspace in an attempt to prevent criminal activity from occurring on the forum. One criminal activity that receives a large amount of attention and infamy is sex crimes through the internet. There are a number of more specific actions that one can make that constitute criminal charges but in general, any criminal sexual activity that involves the use of the internet is considered an internet sex crime.
Being accused of such activity is humiliating and frightening. Not only does law enforcement take the offense very seriously but society places a stigma on anyone who is charged or suspected with committing these offenses. The reputation inherited from an internet sex crime charge has the potential to follow one long after they are either acquitted of the charge or serve out the entirety of their sentence.
One of the most popularly recognized internet sex crimes is the production, distribution and acquisition of child pornography through the internet. This is a very serious offense and punished to the highest extent of the law. However, child pornography is not the only internet activity that warrants criminal charges. Law enforcement also seeks to prosecute sexual predators that try to solicit minors and children for the purpose of sexual gratification over the internet. This includes sexually-gratifying conversations as well as enticing minors to engage in sexual activity on internet chat room forums.
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In an attempt to catch these sexual predators, law enforcement agents often pose as minors in these chat rooms. This means that a person may believe they are speaking to a minor when it is really a law enforcement agent waiting to obtain enough incriminating material to press charges.
If you have been accused of and charged with an internet sex crime such as enticing a minor, you should contact our Johnson County federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Regardless of how guilty or innocent you feel, having a legal representative stand and fight for you against your prosecutor is your best chance at survival. Many internet sex crimes are considered federal criminal offenses, which means that the punishments at stake are much worse than most people imagine.