Internet-based prosecutions for child pornography have skyrocketed since 1997. Simply stated, internet obscenity cases have skyrocketed. From 1997 to 2004, there was a 422% increase in federal cases of this type. The numbers have grown steadily since then. In 2011, prosecutions were up by 40% since 2006, with an increasing number of more than 9,000 active cases.
Similar numbers have been observed for state-level cases. We will discuss the background, nature, and defense of computer-based child pornography cases to better understand this expanding and serious area of federal and state prosecution. Law enforcement agencies have adopted the latest state-of-the art technologies in devoting resources to this area, and deploy their resources accordingly.Continue reading