Reply To: Troubling consequences of federal child pornography laws

J. Thomas

About a week ago, I got that knock on my door. It was the FBI and they were there to execute a search warrant on my residence. I am a diagnosed sex addict. My usage of CP was isolated to less then a dozen instances during a deep depression following my wife leaving me due to my addiction. It was coupled with using chemical substances to numb the pain I was feeling. My addiction to porn took me to a dark place that I never imagined I would be. I have lost the right to see my kids because the FBI informed my ex of the investigatio and confiscated a computer of hers. Luckily for me, I was given good advice by a therapist. I was told to get rid of any device that I had accessed material on. So I did. The computers seized and associated items have no trace of CP on them. I think I’m safe but I worry about two things. Maybe someone could provide me with some input. First, can I be charged and convicted of viewing CP without physical evidence on a computer I own? Can the FBI charge me off of the information they collected through tracing the CP to me? Second, I had viewed non nude underage models on the computer seized at my ex wife’s house. No images were saved but can I be charged and convicted because I viewed this material that is readily available over the common internet? I know I had a problem and went to rehab for my sex and drug addiction. I am a good person, with a good heart who would never hurt anyone. I have a good job and a wonderful new wife that is standing by my side. I am an addict who is trying to recover. What am I in for? I am so stressed and depressed over this. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.