Firefighter in California pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A firefighter in California may have to spend up to 30 years in prison after he pled guilty to receiving child pornography from the Philippines.

In 2012, a firefighter in California allegedly sent money to a girl in the Philippines for the purpose of buying a camera and also started having conversations with her, states the LA Times. The young girl was then asked to use the camera to take sexually explicit photographs of herself and her 11-year-old friend. Recently, the man pled guilty to child pornography charges and may have to spend up to 30 years in prison.

Although the firefighter believed that he was communicating with a girl who was 13-years-old, he was actually receiving sexually explicit content from a 75-year-old man who, even though he was a U.S. citizen, was living in the Philippines. The firefighter allegedly received hundreds of photographs and a few videos of child pornography from this man. This man will also face charges in a separate criminal case.

How is child pornography defined?

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, child pornography is defined as any sexually explicit visual depiction, including videos, computer-generated images or photographs, of a person who appears to be under 18-years-old or younger. However, a minor does not have to be performing a sexual act for the visual image to be considered child pornography. Rather, it just has to be considered sexually suggestive to a certain degree.

Under federal law, child pornography images are not protected under the First Amendment. For this reason, any pornographic images of children are considered to be illegal contraband.

Registering as a sex offender

Those who are convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography in California may be required to register as a sex offender in addition to the other penalties they face. According to the California Office of the Attorney General, before being released from probation, jail or prison, convicted sex offenders must provide registration information to their local law enforcement agency.

Once this information is submitted, it must be updated on an annual basis or whenever the offender moves to a different address. However, some convicted sex offenders are required to update their information more than once a year. If a person fails to meet these registration requirements, he or she may face penalties for this violation.

Consult with an attorney

Those who face child pornography charges in California may have concerns about how a possible conviction could affect their finances, employment prospects and standing within their local community. If you have similar concerns, turn to an attorney in your area to discuss what legal steps should be taken next.

Keywords: sex crimes, child, pornography, offender, registration