As mentioned in a previous post, internet crimes have become more prevalent with the increased use of computers and the internet to communicate and connect. An internet crime occurs when the internet is used in order to commit illegal act. There is concern at both the state and federal level surrounding these types of crimes.
One such internet crime that carries serious penalties is crimes regarding underage pornography. This includes possessing underage pornography or distributing underage pornography. If the internet was use to either download or send out underage pornography, it is considered an internet crime. A Wisconsin man who was recently arrested for an internet crime will soon discover how severe his sentence could be.
According to the report, the man was charged with over 20 counts of possessing underage pornography after being arrested by Wisconsin law enforcement earlier this week. It is unclear from the information provided how the agents came to suspect the man in the first place.
During the search of the man's place of residence, agents confiscated the man's laptop. The man allegedly admitted that he was the only one who used the password protected computer and that he knowingly downloaded the images. Agents took the laptop and found files on the computer that they believe were consistent with underage pornography.
The man was charged for each pornographic image that he possessed; the severity of penalties can actually increase as the number of photos increases. Right now, each charge that the man is facing could carry a prison sentence of up to 25 years. In addition to incarceration, the man will likely have to register as a sex offender if he is convicted of the charges.
Source: The Daily Cardinal online, "Man charged with possession of underage pornography," Maggie DeGroot, 26 January 2011