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Can I be charged with child pornography if the pornographic material belongs to someone else?

Yes. An individual caught receiving any electronic or physical materials that show minors in sexually explicit acts can be charged with receiving child pornography. Such charges carry a prison sentence of at least five years and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

There are a number of charges associated with child pornography including possession, promotion and distribution. For example, actions such as viewing child pornography, downloading it to one’s hard drive, and sharing or receiving sexually explicit photos of minors from someone else can be considered child pornography offenses.

Prosecutors will examine factors such as how many times the individual visited websites containing child pornography, the nature of the images or video and any communication concerning the child pornography. An aggressive defense from an experienced attorney is necessary to fight such charges.

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