Your sexual orientation and what turns you on is not the business of the police -- unless child pornography is involved. Because the government is so aggressive about stopping child pornography from being sent through the Internet, people who solicit photographs from teenagers may find themselves charged with serious felonies.
For example, a Lansing man has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child, in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of child pornography. Authorities say the man and at least one female aged 15 to 17 shared fantasies of his being their “slave master” online, and that the girl sent him pictures of herself.
Another woman, who was 16 in 2012, wrote in her diary at that time about her desire to move to Michigan to become the defendant’s “slavegirl.” It is not clear if the girl ever had personal contact with the defendant while she was under the age of consent.
The defendant is awaiting the court's decision on how long he will spend in prison as part of his plea agreement. He also will give up several computers, hard drives, iPhones and other devices he reportedly stored the illicit images on. Once his incarceration ends, he will be subject to supervised release for at least five years; the judge could order supervision for the rest of the defendant’s life.
In their zealous attempts to stop child pornography, it may be that state or federal law enforcement misinterprets a suspect’s online communications. Or perhaps authorities violated the defendant’s rights. Without an experienced defense attorney, a defendant may not even realize that he or she has options.