Arrests have been made – lots of arrests – in so-called “Operation Orion,” an operation apparently put on by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and likely other governmental agencies. In the story published by Reuters, there were 190 people arrested for alleged crimes involving child pornography, many of these crimes said to be perpetrated online.
In one instance, a 29-year-old befriended a 12-year-old on Facebook. The 29-year-old is just one person out of many others who were arrested in more than 30 states, in addition to seven other countries.
“Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online,” said the ICE director.
As Andrew Chow writes, a conviction for child pornography can result in an extremely lengthy prison sentence, including life imprisonment, which has been ruled outside the “cruel and unusual punishment” category. In other words, any activity regarding child porn – just the possession of it, not to mention production or distribution – can result in severe consequences.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact a Maryland criminal lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.