With Technology Explosion, Charges Of Producing Child Porn On The Rise

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Child pornography, the crime that strikes most people as incomprehensible, is increasing fast, authorities tell the Houston Chronicle. Every week in the Houston area, FBI agents execute warrants on child pornography charges. Last month, a man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison for attempted production of child pornography involving a 14-year-old girl. Charges resulted from evidence found on a cellphone that he took to a repair shop. A shop employee called police after seeing what he thought was child pornography on the phone.

With technology advancing rapidly, federal authorities expect the crime of creating, possessing or distributing pornographic images to increase as well. “One of the issues and concerns with child pornography is that, once those images are shared, there’s a great possibility for the victims to be revictimized each time those images are traded and shared,” said the FBI’s Shauna Dunlap. On Thursday a former high school teacher is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Fort Worth after pleading guilty to two counts of producing child pornography. He allegedly used social media applications such as KIK, Grindr, and Pinger to initiate conversations with underage males and to entice boys to produce sexually explicit pictures.

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