Changes will deny probation for some child pornographers

Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 5:39 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - There’s a change to a law that has to do with possession of child pornography.

Legislators closed a loophole that allowed family members found to be in possession of child pornography to escape jail time.

Starting on Jan. 1, possession of child pornography when the child is a household or family member is a non-probational offense. This means the offender will serve jail time if convicted.

Previously, this category of offenders could receive a sentence of probation for their pornography conviction.

Lead Trial Attorney Joshua Jones said this amendment may not stop people from possessing child porn, but it has a direct impact to their sentences.

“I don’t know if it will have an impact on what individuals do or what they choose to do. But what I will say is that it will have an impact on the sentences they receive if they’re convicted,” Jones said.

Jones said cases of child porn have increased over the last few years, but that’s likely due to advancement of police technology.

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