NY - Feds going after child porn offenders' assets for restitution

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  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Very exciting news!! Let's hope this takes hold in every district.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/01/federal_prosecutors_in_new_yor.html

    Federal prosecutors in New York get child pornography restitution


    "Federal prosecutors intent on stemming child pornography and helping care for its victims are increasingly going after the assets of offenders under an evolving change in Justice Department policy.

    In one of the most recent cases, a former provost marshal at the U.S. Army's sprawling Fort Drum in northern New York was sentenced to almost six years in prison for possessing and sharing child pornography and will soon pay $10,000 each to two victims identified from among more than 700 images of children he had.

    The payments are meant to deter sharing images of exploited children and to help pay for their later psychiatric or other treatment...."

    and

    "..."We're getting more and more people with hands-on offenses and more and more people trying to meet underage kids," [Assistant US Attorney, Lisa] Fletcher said.

    According to the Justice Department, its project against exploitation of minors has increased prosecutions 40 percent since 2006, with 2,315 indictments filed against 2,427 defendants in 2009 and almost 9,000 charged altogether over four years. More than 3,000 victims of child pornography crimes were identified, with many rescued...."

    and

    "...."These are crime scene photos. This has nothing whatever to do with free speech. It's not pornography at all," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "This is a problem that has absolutely exploded with the advent of the Internet...."

    more at link (very interesting statistics and details)
     
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  3. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    The stats for this crime are mind-boggling, aren't they?

    It really creeps me out - because I can't stop believing that there's people that I know that look at CP....not that I have any inkling of who they might be, it's just that it's so pervasive I think I'd be naive to think that no one I know, even casually, could possibly do this, IYKWIM.

    And I totally agree w/ Mr. Allen - it's not pornography....surely there's a more appropriate term for this sexual exploitation of children.
     

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