When individuals are suspected for internet crimes, investigators often trace their activity by tracking activity associated with their IP addresses. In some situations, this means individuals can be wrongly accused of possessing child pornography if their neighbors are stealing their Internet and downloading porn.
However, even when deceitful neighbors are not involved, individuals can be arrested for downloading child pornography on their computers. Individuals often do not realize their computers are being tracked, so they do not realize they are being investigated for possession of child pornography.
That is what recently happened to one Minnesota man. The man was charged with possession of child pornography after the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted an Internet investigation.
Following the online investigation, officers obtained a search warrant. During the search, officers found pornography on the man's laptop. If the man is convicted of the felony charges he is facing, he could spend up to five years in prison and be forced to pay up to a $5,000 fine.
In some situations, individuals may not realize they are downloading child pornography. When files are downloaded from the Internet, they can contain hidden pictures of child pornography.
Even if the man is not convicted, the felony sex crime charges could have a permanent impact on his reputation. The 56-year-old may struggle to find a job, and he may be limited in the places he is allowed to live.
Source: Park Rapids Enterprise.com, "Park Rapids man charged with possession of child pornography," Sarah Smith, Dec. 21, 2011