Child pornography is a very serious crime in the state of Connecticut. There are several different degrees of this crime, which will be covered in this chapter.
Child porn is generally defined as explicit images or videos of minors shared on electronic devices. Electric devices include phones, tablets, or over the Internet. This crime does not have to consist of photos of images of children performing sexual acts. Rather, any photograph or video that contains a sexual pose or is meant to sexually arouse constitutes child porn.
Possessing/Transmitting Child Pornography by a Minor
If a minor is found in possession of child porn, they face Class A misdemeanor charges. In many cases, minors get “child pornography” because they receive explicit photographs of friends or significant others. Also known as “sexting”, this phenomenon has increased in recent years. The penalties for this crime include up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Possessing Child Pornography in the 3rd Degree
An adult is guilty of this crime when that person knowingly is in possession of less than 20 images/videos containing pornography of children. This is a Class D felony and can result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of as much as $5,000.
Possessing Child Pornography in the 2nd Degree
An adult is guilty of this crime when he or she knowingly has more than 20 but less than 50 depictions of pornography of children. This is a Class C felony and the punishments include a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Possessing Child Pornography in the 1st Degree
This is the most serious degree of child pornography possession. You can be charged with this crime if you possess more than 50 depictions of child porn. As a Class B felony, the penalties for this crime include a prison sentence of as much as 20 years and a fine of up to $15,000.