Federal Investigation of Internet Child Pornography
The U.S. Department of Justice employs vast resources in tracking and prosecuting child pornography offenders. It coordinates programs with the help of local police departments and federal law enforcement, and also has the cooperation of major Internet service providers and search engines.
Investigated for Possession of Child Pornography? Charles L. Waechter Can Help.
I am defense attorney Charles L. Waechter. With 35 years of experience defending Maryland residents charged with serious, life-changing crimes, I know the challenges my clients face in dealing with a powerful government entity. At the Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter, I strive to even the odds they face and pursue the best outcome if they have been arrested for possession or distribution of child pornography.
The National Child Victim Identification Program houses the world’s largest database of child pornography. It is maintained by the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The program’s purpose is to identify victims of child abuse. Trained staff from police agencies track computers used to share child pornography files distributed on the Internet and share that information.
Taking an Aggressive Approach to Fighting the Investigation
Law enforcement agencies use highly sophisticated computer programs to identify child pornography stored in folders and shared via peer-to-peer applications. With technology similar to anti-virus detection, Usenet groups are scanned to identify images that match a list of known pornographic images.
The FBI operates a “sting” where it posts hyperlinks supposedly of minors engaged in sexual activities. Anyone clicking on those links will have his or her home raided.
This aggressive approach and use of cutting-edge technology in finding those who possess and distribute child pornography is not without its flaws. Errors can be made in the most sophisticated of programs. My job is to review the evidence and how it was gained. From there, I pursue the best strategy while fiercely protecting your rights.