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    Default Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: ohio

    Hello everyone I have a question I was on a website called 4chan and I clicked a link that i thought was porn and it turned out to be child porn the stuff I seen on that website was completely disgusting and i logged out of the site immediately now I'm scared to death that I'm going to get in trouble i did not download save or print anything i saw on that site so I'm asking will the FBI or somebody come after me for this i have been sick to my stomach for the last week what do i do? did i break any laws?

    thanks

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    Default Re: Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    If you viewed CP, then technically yes you broke the law. If there was no intent on your part, you should be okay. I'm hoping you closed the site within seconds of getting to it and did not click on ANY links on the site? Will you be charged? Hard to tell. It's possible if law enforcement becomes aware of it, they may sit back and watch you for a while. As long as you don't go to any other CP sites, and I would recommend staying away from any porn at all for a while, they may figure you goofed up. Accidents do happen ya know. There is no reason to worry until there is a reason to worry like law enforcement knocking on your door.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    Speaking in terms of federal law, take a look at subsection (c) below.
    Quote Quoting 18 USC Sec. 2252. Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors
    (a) Any person who—
    (1) knowingly transports or ships using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means including by computer or mails, any visual depiction, if—
    (A) the producing of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and

    (B) such visual depiction is of such conduct;
    (2) knowingly receives, or distributes, any visual depiction using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or that has been mailed, or has been shipped or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or which contains materials which have been mailed or so shipped or transported, by any means including by computer, or knowingly reproduces any visual depiction for distribution using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or through the mails, if—
    (A) the producing of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and

    (B) such visual depiction is of such conduct;
    (3) either—
    (A) in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or on any land or building owned by, leased to, or otherwise used by or under the control of the Government of the United States, or in the Indian country as defined in section 1151

    (B) knowingly sells or possesses with intent to sell any visual depiction that has been mailed, shipped, or transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce, or has been shipped or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or which was produced using materials which have been mailed or so shipped or transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including by computer, if—
    (i) the producing of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and

    (ii) such visual depiction is of such conduct; or
    (4) either—
    (A) in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or on any land or building owned by, leased to, or otherwise used by or under the control of the Government of the United States, or in the Indian country as defined in section 1151

    (B) knowingly possesses, or knowingly accesses with intent to view, 1 or more books, magazines, periodicals, films, video tapes, or other matter which contain any visual depiction that has been mailed, or has been shipped or transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or which was produced using materials which have been mailed or so shipped or transported, by any means including by computer, if—
    (i) the producing of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and

    (ii) such visual depiction is of such conduct;
    shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

    (b)
    (1) Whoever violates, or attempts or conspires to violate, paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection (a) shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years, but if such person has a prior conviction under this chapter, section 1591, chapter 71section 1591, chapter 71, chapter 109A, or chapter 117, or under section 920 of title 10 (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), or under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor or ward, or the production, possession, receipt, mailing, sale, distribution, shipment, or transportation of child pornography, or sex trafficking of children, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not less than 15 years nor more than 40 years.

    (2) Whoever violates, or attempts or conspires to violate, paragraph (4) of subsection (a) shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both, but if such person has a prior conviction under this chapter, chapter 71, chapter 109A, or chapter 117, or under section 920 of title 10 (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), or under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor or ward, or the production, possession, receipt, mailing, sale, distribution, shipment, or transportation of child pornography, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not less than 10 years nor more than 20 years.
    (c) Affirmative Defense.— It shall be an affirmative defense to a charge of violating paragraph (4) of subsection (a) that the defendant—
    (1) possessed less than three matters containing any visual depiction proscribed by that paragraph; and

    (2) promptly and in good faith, and without retaining or allowing any person, other than a law enforcement agency, to access any visual depiction or copy thereof—
    (A) took reasonable steps to destroy each such visual depiction; or

    (B) reported the matter to a law enforcement agency and afforded that agency access to each such visual depiction.
    I'm not going to speculate about the nature of the content on the site, or whether your activity would be sufficient to trigger law enforcement attention.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    Don't blame you for being paranoid in the US police state. But generally, the government is not THAT efficient. However, you should certainly clear your cache and history and delete all temporary files.

    A young friend of mine was curious and stored some pics on yahoo, and of course got busted. He is now a lifetime registered sex offender.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    I wouldn't worry about it at all, that's if your telling the truth that you logged out of the site immediately, did not download, save, print any material or Googled it.

    Stop worrying yourself and get some sleep.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    Quote Quoting Who'sThatGuy
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    I wouldn't worry about it at all, that's if your telling the truth that you logged out of the site immediately, did not download, save, print any material or Googled it.

    Stop worrying yourself and get some sleep.

    Thanks for the help ill try

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    Default Re: Accidentally Clicked on a Link to an Illegal Website

    To give yourself a little added peace of mind, report the post containing the link to the site's administrators. Though 4chan really is scraping the bottom of the internet barrel, the admins there still try to keep the site clear of blatantly illegal material, because none of them want to land in prison.
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