While all sex crimes like sexual abuse of children are by their very nature are serious, sexual crimes involving children often the most serious. Pennsylvania law, as well as the rest of the United States, prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts on camera. child endangerment In fact, this is considered child abuse and is defined under section 6312 of the Pa criminal code. Under the first section of the statute, anyone who films, photographs, or depicts underage individuals engaged prohibited sexual acts on a computer or recording device is guilty of child abuse. The next section deals with the distribution of the sexually explicit images. Anyone who sells, transfers, distributes or displays these images would also be guilty of the sexual abuse of children. Finally, the last section of the statute deals with individuals who view these types of images defined as child pornography. Anyone who intentionally views or knowingly possesses child pornography including pictures or videos, has violated the statue.

Due to the seriousness of the sex crimes offense of sexual abuse of children a violation under any section the child abuse statue is a felony. A violation under the first section which deals with the filming under age individuals engaged in sexual acts, is a felony of the second degree. tender years motion A violation under sections two or three which deal with the distribution, viewing, and possession of child pornography, is a felony of the third degree. Law enforcement takes a very hardline approach when dealing with situations involving the sexual exploitation of individuals under the age of 18. There have been many operations conducted at all levels of law enforcement that have targeted these networks of criminal activities. One of the most successful crime based shows, to catch a predator, went on for many seasons which goal was getting as many individuals involved in the sexual exploitation of minors off the streets. Due to the seriousness of the penalties faced when if convicted, if you have been accused of violating any of the sections under this statute it is crucial to seek legal representation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Kelly and Conte are experienced attorneys who will fight to get the best possible resolution given the facts of your particular case.