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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
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135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
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600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
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101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
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313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Child Pornography

Few crimes carry the social stigma of alleged being involved with pornography involving children. Any person who has been arrested for this crime can forever have his or her life dramatically altered simply by being accused of committing this offense.

Prosecutors know the unfavorable view that judges and juries take of the alleged offenders facing these charges, and this often leads to extremely harsh sentences being sought. However, people in these situations can face not only possible imprisonment and fines, but entire lifetimes of difficulty in obtaining employment, housing, or the basic trust of friends and family.

West Chester Child Pornography Lawyer

If you have been arrested for viewing or possessing any pornographic material depicting a child less than 18 years of age, it is in your best interest to immediately seek skilled legal representation. Ciccarelli Law Offices defends clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including communities in Chester County, Lancaster County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and the greater Philadelphia area.

Our Chester County child pornography attorneys work as a team to fully investigate these types of charges and then fight to get them reduced or completely dismissed. Call (610) 719-3200 right now to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.


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Child Pornography Charges in Chester County

Under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6312(d), an alleged offender commits this crime if he or she intentionally views or knowingly possesses or controls any of the following types of material depicting a child under 18 years of age engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such act:

  • Book;
  • Magazine;
  • Pamphlet;
  • Slide;
  • Photograph;
  • Film;
  • Videotape;
  • Computer depiction;
  • Any other material.

Child pornography crimes are felony offenses. If the alleged material depicted any indecent contact with the child—defined under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3101 as any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire—any of the following offenses will be graded one grade higher than specified.

Offenses involving the intentional viewing or knowingly possession, control, or dissemination of child pornography that do not involve indecent contact are graded as follows according to 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6312(d.1):

  • First Offense — Third-degree felony
  • Any Subsequent Offense — Second-degree felony

Additionally, an alleged offender will also be charged with a second-degree felony under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6312(c) if he or she allegedly:

  • Causes or knowingly permits a child under 18 years of age to engage in a prohibited sexual act, if the alleged offender knows, has reason to know, or intends that such act may be photographed, videotaped, depicted on computer or filmed;
  • Causes or knowingly permits a child under 18 years of age to engage in the simulation of a prohibited sexual act, if the alleged offender knows, has reason to know, or intends that such act may be photographed, videotaped, depicted on computer or filmed; or
  • Knowingly photographs, videotapes, depicts on computer, or films a child under 18 years of age engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act commits an offense.

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Pennsylvania Child Pornography Penalties

If an alleged offender is convicted of this crime, his or her sentence will depend on a number of factors. The first factor is the grading of the specific offense.

The statutory maximums for each grade of felony are as follows:

  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines
  • Second-Degree Felony — Up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines
  • First-Degree Felony — Up to 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines

When deciding a sentence, a judge will take into account two additional factors: the alleged offender’s Offense Gravity Score (OGS) and his or her Prior Record Score. The OGS is a number between 1 and 14 that represents the severity of the current offense, with higher numbers representing more serious crimes and leading to longer sentences. A Prior Record Score is a point value between 1 and 5 or Repeat Violent Offender (REVOC), Repeat Felony 1, or Repeat Felony 2 Offender (RFEL) designations that represent the alleged offender’s previous convictions.

Child pornography crimes have the following impact on OGS and Prior Record Score calculations:

Criminal Offense

OGS

Prior Record Score

Photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts involving child older than 13 years of age

8

2

Photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts involving child less than 13 years of age

9

2

Photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts involving child older than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact

10

3

Photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts involving child less than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact

10

3

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child older than 13 years of age, first offense

6

1

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child older than 13 years of age, subsequent offense

8

2

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child less than 13 years of age, first offense

7

1

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child less than 13 years of age, subsequent offense

9

2

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child older than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, first offense

9

2

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child older than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, subsequent offense

10

3

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child less than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, first offense

9

2

Dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving child less than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, subsequent offense

10

3

Possession of child pornography involving child older than 13 years of age, first offense

6

1

Possession of child pornography involving child older than 13 years of age, subsequent offense

8

2

Possession of child pornography involving child less than 13 years of age, first offense

7

1

Possession of child pornography involving child less than 13 years of age, subsequent offense

9

2

Possession of child pornography involving child older than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, first offense

9

2

Possession of child pornography involving child older than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, subsequent offense

10

3

Possession of child pornography involving child less than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, first offense

9

2

Possession of child pornography involving child less than 13 years of age and depiction of indecent contact, subsequent offense

10

3


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Chester County Child Pornography FAQ

Can I still be charged if I honestly believed that the alleged child was at least 18 years of age?

Yes. Under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6312(e.1), an alleged offender is prohibited form claiming he or she did not know the age of the child. Neither the bona fide belief of the alleged offender that the child was over a specified age nor a misrepresentation of age by the child are recognized as legal defenses.

Do I have a defense if I was tricked by an undercover police officer who was soliciting a sexually-oriented conversation?

You might be able to utilize an entrapment defense if law enforcement induced you to commit a crime you would not otherwise commit. While the entrapment involved in the 1992 United States Supreme Court child pornography case Jacobson v. United States led to greater consideration of this defense, it should be noted that this still remains a very difficult claim to prove.

Is there any way to prove that I was not responsible for the child pornography that was found on my computer?

There may be any one of a number of explanations for how people inadvertently ended up with pornographic material on their computers. Computer viruses, hacking victims, password breaches, or misleading download titles can all be possible reasons that alleged offenders unknowingly end up with such material.

Will I have to register as a sex offender if I am convicted of one of these crimes?

Yes. A conviction for possession of child pornography will require a person to register for 15 years, and a conviction for either photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts involving a child or dissemination of photographs, videotapes, computer depictions and films involving a child will require the offender to register for 25 years.

If I know I am guilty, why should I pay a lawyer?

Even if you know you broke the law, you should not expect much mercy from the court for your honesty. An attorney can review your case and not only negotiate a more forgiving sentence, but he or she may also be able to identify possible flaws in the prosecution’s case—such as an illegal search and seizure by police—that could even result in your case being thrown out.


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Find the Best Child Pornography Lawyer in West Chester

Are you currently under investigation or have you already been arrested for any crime relating to pornography featuring minors? Make sure that you have legal counsel before you make any type of statement.

Ciccarelli Law Offices fights to get the most favorable outcomes for people all over Southeastern Pennsylvania facing these charges, and our firm has offices in West Chester, Philadelphia, Malvern, Kennett Square, Radnor, King of Prussia, Lancaster, and Plymouth Square. Let our Chester County child pornography attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case by calling (610) 719-3200 today to take advantage of a free consultation.

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