Steep penalties for charges of promoting child pornography

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2021 | Sex crimes

Sex crimes are among the most serious of all criminal charges in Missouri, especially when they involve child pornography. And when the charges include promoting child pornography, anyone accused is in for a serious fight.

A recent case in Farmington

According to Daily Journal online, a Farmington man was recently arrested and charged with promoting child pornography. The report states that the drop box account gave investigators a tip of images uploaded into the drop box that appeared to be child pornography, which initiated the investigation.

The man is facing “five counts of first-degree promoting child pornography.”

Serious charges

According to Missouri statutes § 573.025, promoting child pornography can be charged when a person “possesses with the intent to promote or promotes obscene material that has a child as one of its participants or portrays what appears to be a child as a participant or observer of sexual conduct.”

Generally, this crime is considered a Class B felony. However, if the accused promotes the material to a minor, the charge is raised to a Class A felony.

A conviction for a Class B felony can result in imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than 15. A Class A felony can include a minimum of 10 years and up to 30 years or even life imprisonment.

And these are just the jail time penalties. Chagres of promoting child pornography in Missouri also includes fines and the sex offender registry requirement. In addition, a conviction of a child sex crime can destroy your reputation in the community, making it extremely difficult to secure quality employment and housing.

It is critical to fight aggressively against sex crime charges, as the penalties could be severe.