Possession of child pornography is illegal under both state and federal laws.
According to Section 2256 of Title 18 of United States Code, any visual depiction of a minor (persons under the age of 18) committing a sexual act can be considered illegal contraband and child pornography.
A visual depiction can include any digital images, photographs, or other video displays of a minor committing any act considered to be sexual aggressive, or inappropriate.
Section 2251 through 2252 of federal law states that it is also illegal to distribute, receive or produce child pornography. It is also illegal to entice, coerce or persuade a minor to perform any sexually explicit acts.
Anyone who violates child pornography laws is subject to federal prosecution. This may involve an extensive investigation of U.S. Mail carriers, or other agencies thought to be involved in transporting the alleged child pornography.
Penalties for Child Pornography
Having, possessing, making and/or distributing child pornography are all very serious crimes.
If a person is found to be guilty of producing child pornography, even if they are under the age of 18, they may face 15 to 30 years in a maximum state prison. If the minor was sexually abused, or if the child pornography images are particularly graphic or abusive in nature, an offender may face up to life in prison. Previous charges may also qualify an individual for life imprisonment if convicted of a child pornography offense.