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California woman charged with possession of child porn

On Oct. 7, it was reported that a 25-year-old California woman was charged with distributing pornographic images of her 4-year-old female relative. The woman, a former beauty queen, was accused of taking the photographs and sending them to a U.S. Marine who was stationed in Southern California.

The report alleged that the photographs were sexual in nature. She reportedly exchanged the photographs for gifts and cash. The woman was charged with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child and one felony count of possession of child pornography. She was being held on $100,000 bail and was reportedly set to be arraigned on Oct. 9. Authorities stated that they were determining if there were other children involved in the case, as the woman was involved in several organizations where she had access to children.

It was not clear if the Marine involved would face any punishments. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which is involved in that regard, did not provide a comment when the report was made.

People who have been issued felony charges for possession of child pornography may know that they are facing extremely serious consequences if convicted. Not only will incarceration be a possibility, they may also be required to register as a sex offender. They could lose access to the Internet, be unable to work in environments where children are present or even live where they choose. A criminal defense attorney may in some cases be able to challenge the constitutionality of the search which resulted in the seize of the pornographic materials. If that strategy is successful, it may result in the evidence not being allowed to be introduced at trial, potentially leading to the dismissal of the charge.

Source: Business Insider, "Former California beauty queen charged with child porn", Oct. 9, 2015

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