A forty-seven year old University of Utah professor of science and engineering declared his innocence in a Massachusetts court hearing on allegations of viewing child pornography. The professor allegedly viewed what appeared to be images of young girls, nude or performing sex acts while on a flight from Salt Lake City to Boston. Other passengers on the flight notified the flight crew and law enforcement.
The man’s laptop and cell phone were seized as evidence, and investigators will seek to examine their contents. According to the district attorney, the photos contained on the devises were explicitly sexual and extremely disturbing. The University of Utah has placed the professor on administrative leave pending the resolution of the criminal case.
In California, possession of child pornography is codified under Penal Code Section 311.11. It states in pertinent part that “every person who knowingly possesses or controls any matter…the production of which involves the use of a person under the age of 18 years, knowing that the matter depicts a person under the age of 18…is guilty of a felony.”
If convicted, the individual faces up to one-year in county jail, fines and fees, and a probationary period up to five-years. Perhaps the most significant penalty a person faces if convicted, is lifetime registration as a sex offender.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, it is imperative you contact our firm. Hiring an experienced Southern California sex crimes defense law firm is the best way to ensure you keep your freedom. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.
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