Union County Sex Crime Lawyer – Child Porn Distribution

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office held a forum on “revenge porn” last month, drawing attention to the growing trend of school-age students sharing nude photographs of each other for malicious purposes. Although similar to “sexting,” revenge porn involves an intent on the part of the offender to embarrass or humiliate their target, who is often an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend.


Incidents of revenge porn can result in charges for a number of different criminal offenses. Sharing nude pictures of a minor would constitute child pornography distribution, for example, regardless of whether the offender was also a minor and regardless of whether the images were intended to be shared for pornographic purposes.


Representatives from the prosecutor’s office, however, stated that they try to avoid prosecution entirely for offenses committed by minors when the images are shared with only a small number of people, and even in more serious cases they limit the charges to harassment. While the penalties for child pornography crimes are quite severe—up to 10 years incarceration and up to $250,000 in fines—harassment is generally classified as a disorderly persons offenses and the penalties are limited to no more than 6 months in prison and $1,000 in fines.


For more information about revenge porn and other sex crimes in Union County, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, Esq., at 908-337-7353.