Florida Sex Crimes Lawyer Peter D Aiken on Possession of Child Pornography

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The Sheriff in Polk County is taking it to extremes. Last year around this time, in Operation Guardian Angel, the sheriff’s department arrested nine men for possession and distribution of child pornography. Another man who lived with one of the men arrested was charged with knowing about the child pornography images and not reporting it. It is one thing to be arrested for committing a crime. It is another for simply knowing about it. Under Grady Judd’s theory, if you live with someone and know they are committing a crime and don’t tell the cops about it you are guilty of a felony. As a sex crime lawyer, I think this is taking things to an extreme.
I have been defending sex crimes like possession of child pornography for thirty years. As a former federal prosecutor I do indeed understand the harsh penalties in both the State Courts as well as the Federal arena. The guidelines are horrible and call for barbaric prison sentences.
Many of the people who simply view child pornography never go on to molest anyone. Their desire to look at the kiddie porn is a product of something that may have happened to them as a child. I have represented educated men like doctors and lawyers that because of being victims themselves as children have developed a tendency or desire to simply view images. Do not assume that these men are child molesting monsters. There is a common misconception that people Internet who view child pornography or possess child pornography and go on to become child molesters. That is simply not true. I recently handled a case in Federal Court where we actually presented to the judge the real statistics in seeking a downward departure from the Federal Sentencing Guideline. We got the sentence cut down to a third of what the guidelines called for by dispelling the misconception about child pornography.
In many instances viewing child pornography is a product of what I call “Internet Addiction”. There is actually an “illness” that develops over time where men (or women) sit for hours in front of a computer. It is no less an addiction that gambling or drugs. It is a treatable illness and treatment is a better option than wasting away in prison.
There may be valid defenses to the possession or distribution charges. I have put together a team of experienced sex crime defenders including psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers to tackle these unpopular cases. The State has experts and if you want to win one of these cases, you need your own experts. As an experienced sex crime lawyer I am available to answer your questions and discuss the charges against you. I have offices in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota County and have handled cases throughout Central and Southwest Florida. You can reach me at 941 366 3506

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