SC Men Enter Guilty Plea to Child Pornography Charges

Florence Resident Enters Guilty Plea to Child Pornography Charges in Federal Court

guilty plea to child pornographyA Florence, SC resident reportedly entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges in federal court, and will be sentenced at a later date.

Andrew Stephen Jackson, 44, entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges in a federal court in Florence, according to a press release on Friday, June 20th. Possession of child pornography is a violation of federal legislation 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2). The judge accepted the guilty plea, but Jackson will be sentenced at a later date.

Federal child pornography charges could mean Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

Prosecutors in the case presented evidence that Jackson had traded child porn with an individual in Australia in October 2010. After a search warrant was executed on Jackson’s home, officers found thousands of images of child porn on his computers.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood.

Myrtle Beach Man Enters Guilty Plea to Child Pornography Charges – to Over 1 Million Child Porn Images

A Myrtle Beach resident also pleaded guilty to child porn charges, admitting that he had over 1 million images of child porn on his computer.

Webster Douglas Williams III, 55, also entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges as well as a charge of interstate commerce to engage in sex acts with a minor. Evidence at Williams’s hearing established that the defendant produced child pornography for more than 5 years, after filming his illicit activities with children between the ages of 4 and 11. Williams also took children to Florida in order to engage in illegal sexual acts with them.

Williams home was searched in November 2011, where Horry County investigators found child pornography on computers, CDs, and other places. Williams faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for producing child pornography, and 10 years in prison and another $250,000 for possession of child pornography. The interstate commerce charge could land Williams in jail for 30 more years and yet another $250,000 fine.

Williams is a former Myrtle Beach firefighter, who retired in 2003.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Child Porn Charges in South Carolina

On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Supreme Court ruled that child pornographers must pay their victims restitutions for physical and emotional pain and suffering, but within reason.

In the 5-4 decision, the federal justices landed on a compromise in the case of “Amy,” a woman who discovered that images of her rape when she was 8 and 9 years old had gone viral on the internet. Her uncle, who sexually abused her when she was young, later put the images on the internet and they were downloaded 3,200 times at least. Amy, whose real name was not disclosed in the trial, discovered when she was 17 that her sexual abuse images had become the most popular child pornography images on the internet. Consequently, Amy was unable to finish college, has trouble holding down a job, and will need weekly therapy for the rest of her life, according to her attorneys.

Getting charged for possessing child pornography can ruin your personal and professional reputation. If you have been accused of possessing or distributing child pornography, you need an attorney who will take your side, guide you through the legal system and fight to protect your rights.

Charges may include:

  • Production of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Use of child pornography
  • Sexual assault
  • Sex with a minor

Being caught with child pornography on your computer usually implies that you intentionally downloaded the pornography and purposefully viewed it. However, we understand that that is not necessarily true. The defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm will aggressively fight to defend your rights and provide you with the best child pornography defense. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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