U.S. and Washington legislators enact many criminal statutes to protect people from harm. In the case of children, some of those harms are sexual in nature. In Washington, as with every other state, laws are enforced to keep children safe from crimes, such as assault, trafficking and online child pornography. Unfortunately, many more children are now victimized by such criminal activities because of our new digital age.
Online child pornography not only victimizes and endangers the children depicted in pornographic sexual activities, but also puts other children at risk of being similarly victimized by predators, who are often inspired to look for vulnerable children who can also be exploited. Child pornography thus can have devastating emotional, social and physical effects on children. For this reason, anyone facing child pornography charges is likely to face severe consequences, if convicted in either state or federal court.