Fear of deportation affects the behavior of many immigrants who have recently come to the United States. People who are aware of this tendency frequently use it to prey upon migrants for their own purposes. One emerging example of such behavior involves alleged indecent assault and the former chief-of-staff of the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners.
Women are charged with sex crimes far less frequently than men. Not surprisingly, when a woman is alleged to have committed such crimes, the circumstances can be highly unusual. Two recent arrests in Lackawanna County go a long way to proving the point.
Sex crimes charges can be complex for a variety of reasons and can have a significant impact on the accused individual's future and freedom. Accused individuals not only face the potential consequences associated with the legal process but can also face potentially significant consequences related to a job or housing and in both their professional and personal lives.
This blog recently discussed what child pornography charges include and, because many of them involve the use of a computer, it can be useful to also understand what qualifies as a "cybercrime," which refers to a variety of online activities that may be criminal and do not all refer, certainly, to sex crimes. To begin with, some cybercrimes are unique to online activity, such as hacking, while others are common crimes committed using a computer, like larceny or fraud.
There is little doubt that you are aware that child pornography charges are serious criminal charges but you may wonder exactly what they refer to and what the potential penalties are. Under both federal and state laws it is crime to possess, produce, distribute or sell pornographic materials that exploit or portray minors. Minors are considered children under the age of 18. Child pornography can include serious potential criminal penalties, as well as personal and social consequences, that the accused individual should be aware of.
While sex crimes can sometimes be a sensitive topic of discussion, it is important that those accused of committing sex crimes understand that criminal defense protections apply to them, the accusations against them and the charges they are facing, as well. Sex crimes refer to a range of criminal charges and can result in serious penalties and consequences to accused individuals including prison time and registration requirements.
A previous blog post discussed the Megan's Law registration requirement in Pennsylvania. Certain sex offenders who have been classified as sexually violent predators must register with the Pennsylvania Police Department for either ten years or for life, depending on the underlying offense. Although those convicted of a child pornography offense are not typically considered sexually violent predators, those who have multiple convictions for offenses related to sexual abuse of a child based on child pornography charges may be required to register and provide personal information to the public such as their names, home and employment addresses, photos and license plate numbers.
A previous blog post discussed the consequences of a child pornography conviction in Pennsylvania. Photographing, filming and possessing child pornography are prohibited by both federal and Pennsylvania state law. A conviction related to child pornography carries not only a social stigma but also serious legal consequences, including a prison sentence of up to ten years.
Activities related to child pornography such as photographing, filming and possessing child pornography are prohibited by Pennsylvania state law and federal law. The mere accusation of a child pornography crime can cause the accused to live with a social stigma in addition to facing legal consequences. A conviction for a child pornography offense in Pennsylvania carries serious penalties and if it involves the internet, the convicted may face stiff federal penalties as well.
It was recently reported that Philadelphia settled a lawsuit involving a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by a police commander. The city paid $1.25 million to the woman. However, the commander who allegedly committed the assault remains on the force eight months after the settlement. These are not the first allegations to surface against the commander, though. Another woman claimed he forced her into a sex act, but she later dropped her lawsuit.