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VA: Lawmakers say judges being too lenient on people possessing child porn

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Beginning July 1 last year, people convicted of possession of child porn were subject to more lenient punishments after sentencing guidelines for the charge were reduced.

“We think that that decision is irresponsible; it affects public safety,” said Camille Cooper with the National Association to Protect Children. Full Article

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  1. ab

    Too lenient, really? For an article about leniency not one mention of a sentence received is provided. Instead some random stats regarding what images or videos supposedly depict in cases are listed as reasons for maintaining harsher sentences. I am not going to defend materials featuring those under 12 being penetrated, however I am also not going to assume that each person under 12 is still prepubescent. Not that an 11 year old or younger who has started puberty should be engaging in any sexual activity, but it has happened. The one thing that matters is if someone under 12 is pubescent then certain aspects of a possession charge, particularly some enhancements must be approached differently. Despite what many might believe age in addition to puberty can mean a lot of difference between one sentence range and another sentence range.

    Prosecuting someone for possessing anything that can meet the minimum requirements for classification as child pornography does not protect children (anyone under eighteen according to federal law), does not hinder production, does not prevent trafficking or slavery, and has no impact on preventing another person from coming across the same or similar content for the first time in the future.

    • New Person

      There are two quotes in this article that combat this idea of leniency:

      1. “The sentencing commission goes where the data takes us,” Meredith Farrar-Owens, director of the VCSC, said while testifying at the General Assembly on Monday.

      2. “They’re not supposed to be subject to the whims of the legislature and their desire to be tough on crime,” [Channel 8 News legal analyst Russ] Stone said. “Well next year it could be something else [for the desire to be tough on crime], it could be theft, grand larceny, eluding the police, anything they decide.”

      (I put block quotes to add in the full name and context of the 2nd quote and context for his second sentence.)

      Combat fear mongering with facts. Nice.

    • D

      Being a convicted receiver of CP and spending five years of my life in federal prison, which is the minimum sentence. I can’t and won’t be convinced that being in possession of materials not shared nor advertised is a pretense to a market demand. I had a file sharing program that made available any and all illegal materials sought. It seems as always the targeted individuals are consumers. If there was no demand then would that prevent the abuse. How can I protect my own children from accessing these same materials? If there are known hash-tags connecting the majority of illegal images, then why can’t they be blocked to prevent the distribution? I was wrong for seeking out this material and am no computer wiz but why not spend the time, energy and money to identify, block and eliminate those known and identifyable images from accessing a server. Long story short. A demand is not the driving factor in production of C.P. Money is a causation but rarely the catalyst.

  2. Stephen

    The Feds Operated a Kiddie porn site for a week or two and put 10s of thousands of pictures and Videos
    on the web, will they also be prosecuted.

    • abolishtheregistry.com

      Do as I say, not as I do. That was my stepfathers reply to my questions about hypocrisy. It seems to be the marching orders of both political sides these days!

    • One only can wish they got prosecuted

      You’d hope the Feds who ran the site would get prosecuted, but doing something illegal to entrap people seems to not bother the legal system when other’s safety seems to be concerned. Ask for forgiveness, not for permission is their motto, no matter how despicable it is unfortunately.

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