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“Innocent Images” Program Protects Kids from Sexual Exploitation

By Meranda Law Firm  Apr. 12, 2011 3:44p

A national program was started up that is FBI intelligence driven involving a number of agencies for the purpose of combating child pornography and sexual exploitation over the internet and via the use of computers. It includes a task force that is international in scope representing over forty countries in order to address the problem on a global level. The organization  was started in 1996 and has grown tremendously since its inception.

A Few Impressive Statistics

Following are a few statistics which reflect the effectiveness of the program. Between the fiscal years 1996 and 2009:

  • There has been a 2,435% increase in cases opened (113 to 2,865)
  • There has been a 3,421% increase in arrests, locates and summons (68 to 2,326)

Additionally, there have been almost 26,000 cases opened, over 14,500 arrests, locates and summons and over 9,000 convictions/pretrial diversions between 1996 and 2009.

Sex Crimes Carry Harsh Penalties

Child pornography is considered a sex crime and carries harsh penalties. If one is convicted of this crime, they can be sentenced to jail or prison, will have mandatory registration as a sex offender, may have to receive psychological treatment and more. Even if you are under investigation for a sex crime, it would be in your best interests to work with an experienced Columbus criminal defense attorney to go over the facts and increase your chances of avoiding a formal charge and possible conviction.

At the Meranda Law Firm, we can help. We have represented individuals in many different types of sex crime cases including those involving child pornography. We fully examine the charges in each case and build a strategic defense once the facts are established. We have many resources we can utilize to better your chances of obtaining a successful resolution.

Contact a Columbus sex crime defense lawyer in our office for a consultation (free of charge) and we will discuss your case in detail. 

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