When someone in the community faces child pornography charges, locals may experience a myriad of emotions, particularly if they are familiar with the individual. Their emotions may range from shock to anger. However, the person who has been charged with a sex crime cannot be found guilty unless he or she is proved so in court and based on rigid legal guidelines. It is the state of Pennsylvania’s responsibility to provide evidence that proves the guilt of the accused individual.
A 49-year-old man recently was arraigned on charges of child pornography. The arraignment came after authorities said they found child pornography that was connected to him. His charges include 10 counts of the possession of child pornography.
The man also was charged with a single count of the criminal use of a communication facility. Police said they found hundreds of videos that featured pornographic content. Many of the videos showed children who were engaged in sexually graphic acts, according to authorities.
Understandably, being charged with a sex crime is a daunting and frightening experience. However, the state of Pennsylvania cannot violate the person’s rights during the police investigation or the arrest or during the course of any criminal proceedings. There is no doubt that the long-term consequences of a guilty finding could be serious, including prison time and even being required to register as a sex offender. Those who are faced with sex-related crimes involving children have the same legal rights as anyone else accused of a criminal act in our state, and they retain the right to challenge the legitimacy of evidence offered against them and to confront prosecution witnesses in court.
Source: Pittsuburgh Post-Gazette, Beechview man arrested on child pornography charges, Liz Navratil, Dec. 24, 2013