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Sexual Predators & Child Pornography in Los Angeles

Posted on: March 27, 2009 at 6:35 a.m.

The city of Los Angeles is sometimes known as "porn valley" because the adult industry is primarily based in the San Fernando Valley. While pornography for those 18-years-old and over is perfectly legal, it is illegal to to create or own any images or video for those under the age of 18. Los Angeles child pornography charges are serious, and only qualified Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys should be trusted to defend anyone facing such charges.


The invention of the Internet has changed the way people live their lives. From online stores like Amazon.com to being able to catch up on your favorite television shows to online banking and bill pay, we all spend significant amounts of time on the Internet every day. Children are no exception. Neither are sexual predators. The Internet has arguably made it even easier for the exchange of child pornography and for sexual predators to find potential victims.


All forms of child pornography are illegal not only in Los Angeles, but the rest of the nation as well. For legal purposes, child pornography is usually defined as any depiction of a minor committing a sexually explicit act. While child pornography is generally either a photo or video in format, in some jurisdictions even a drawing of a child in a sexual situation would be illegal. Digital cameras and the Internet have made the spread of child pornography a multi-billion dollar business all over the world.


While other nations may or may not have laws preventing child pornography, the United States does. Anyone found in possession of such imagery or video can be charged with a criminal offense, even if they purchased it online from another country.



Soliciting sex from minors through the Internet has also been on the rise over the last decade. The abundance of online chat rooms and social networking websites make anonymity easy. Many adults can and do pose as minors on these websites before suggesting a face to face meeting with a minor they meet online. Countless cases of abduction, molestation, rape and even murder begin this way.

In some cases, adults may not even need to pose as minors, but will still solicit sex from minors they meet in online chat rooms. Even with the consent of the minor, this would still constitute statutory rape or enticement, both of which are criminal offenses. Criminal offenses that are sexual in nature have a strong stigma attached to them that lingers even after court-given punishments are completed. Many states require sex offenders to register with local law enforcement after they finish their prison terms.

In places like Los Angeles, this registry is put online and open for the public to access. Even sensitive information such as a home address is put on the registry for anyone to see. A conviction for a sexual offense may also severely limit where a person can live or work. Being charged with a criminal offense such as the possession of child pornography or soliciting sex from a minor is a potentially life-altering event that requires the skilled guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. With your freedom and reputation on the line, call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP right away to begin preparing your defense.

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