Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

Sex crimes and the Internet

For years, sex crimes were primarily a matter of physical and forensic evidence. Because many sex crimes are often a matter of one person's word against another, it is difficult to gain reliable witness testimony. Instead, a person who was accused of sexually assaulting another or of engaging in sexual relations with a minor would find law enforcement officials searching for fingerprints or bodily fluids that would prove some kind of sexual relations took place. However, the advent of computers and the Internet has changed the game in many ways.

A remarkably large number of sex crimes now take place over the Internet and on computers in general. In fact, you may not even know it, but the very computer on which you are reading this could be holding damning evidence that could see you convicted of a sex crime. Today, more and more teenagers and young adults are sharing graphic pictures with full or partial nudity through text messages or social media, and in order to ensure that the content is not erased, some save these pictures to a computer. If your child does not have a personal computer, he or she may have saved a nude picture of an underage person to your computer without your knowledge, and that may be all the authorities need to convict you of child pornography.

Saved pictures are not all that could incriminate you for a sex crime. Browser history, emails and chat logs could all provide evidence that indicates or proves that you were engaging in illegal sexual activity online, including soliciting sex crimes. That is why data security is so important in today's world. If someone hacks into your email address and uses it to solicit or discuss sex crimes, you may be hard pressed to prove that you were not the perpetrator.

If you are accused of sex crimes in any capacity in Louisiana, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney immediately. Preparing your legal defense as early as possible will give you more time and a better opportunity to prove your innocence. Visit our webpage to learn how we can help you prepare your legal defense.

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