I accidentally linked to what appeared to be child **** from the (admittedly adult oriented) web site I was viewing. I did not download anything.

Can I be prosecuted?

Asked on May 26, 2009 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Please make a note of the web site where you ran across this link and what the link looked like on that page -- don't click it again!  Then, make an appointment to talk to a criminal defense attorney in your area.  One place to find a lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com

I would hope that you are not going to be caught up in a case like that, and it might make sense to clean out your temporary (cache) files, to make sure an illegal image isn't still sitting somewhere on your hard drive.

Also, I hope that your attorney can find a way to get the information about this link to the FBI, either without implicating you or in a way that guarantees that you won't be prosecuted.  Child pornography is a horrible blight on our society, it has unspeakably cruel long-term effects on most of the children trapped in that underworld, and anything that any of us can do to help catch and punish the two-legged slime responsible for it is a very good thing.


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