3 Common Internet Sex Crimes

From e-mail and social media to news and entertainment, the internet has become an important part of our daily lives. However, the worldwide web is also being used to commit a wide range of sex crimes, which are considered serious felony offenses. 

The following are the most common types of internet sex crimes in Massachusetts: 

  • Child pornography – Child pornography consists of photos, video recordings, and other types of images depicting a minor under 18 years of age in the nude or performing a sexual act. Possession of child pornography in Massachusetts is a felony offense, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years. Distributing or receiving child pornography from one state to another can result in federal charges, which carry a maximum 20-year prison term. 

  • Online solicitation of a minor – Online chatrooms and forums where children and teenagers can interact often attract adults with ulterior motives. It is against state law to induce a minor under 18 years of age to have unlawful sexual intercourse. This sex crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years. 

  • Sex trafficking – Sex trafficking is a national issue, involving millions of people from all over the world trafficked for sex. Transactions are typically done online without a paper trail. Human/sex trafficking in Massachusetts carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. However, if an alleged victim is under 18 years of age, then the maximum sentence is life imprisonment. 

Unfortunately, you can face serious online sex crime charges for accidentally clicking on a link or making an incorrect search on Google to draw attention from law enforcement officials. But as long as you did not intend to view or search such material, the criminal charges will not hold. Yet, your word alone may not be enough, which why having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can ensure you avoid serious criminal charges. 

If you have been accused of an internet sex crime in Massachusetts, New York, or New Hampshire, contact Brad Bailey Law today at (617) 500-0252 and request a free consultation to learn about your available legal options. 

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