On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, April 19, 2012
Whether you live in Missouri or elsewhere, allegations of sex crimes are quite serious. In addition to time behind bars, a person’s reputation may forever be tarnished. One man knows how serious alleged sex offenses can be. While he was initially charged with crimes in one state, he now faces federal charges for an alleged “sextortion” scheme.
When a victim is blackmailed into performing sexually explicit acts, authorities refer to this as “sextortion.” An example of the type of activity federal authorities are calling “sextortion” occurred recently. An Indiana man has been accused of coercing two teenage boys into producing a sexually explicit video. The man allegedly captured explicit video of the teenage boys without their consent. Prosecutors claim that the man threatened to post the videos online if they refused to record additional pornographic videos for him.
The man has been charged with production of child pornography. He could face 15 years to life in prison if he is found guilty.
In a situation concerning a hot-button issue like “sextortion,” the court system may try to make an example of an accused individual by automatically slapping them with the harshest penalties. Therefore, obtaining a strong defense attorney is one of the most important initial steps a defendant can take when facing these types of charges. A criminal defense attorney will work to mitigate any potential consequences.
Although someone who is accused of committing sex crimes may feel like the odds are stacked against them, they must remember that everyone is entitled to certain rights, no matter what the charges. A criminal defense attorney will ensure that these rights are not violated simply due to the nature of the accusation.
Source: STL Today, “‘Sextortion’ suspect faces Mich. child porn charge,” Associated Press, April 17, 2012