U.S. Judge Passes Sentence of 5 Days for Downloading Child Porn

I’ve just read this article by Tracy Connor – Judge Gives Man 5 Days for Child Porn, Rails Against Harsh Sentences.

In a nutshell, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein has sentenced a man from Brooklyn to 5 days incarceration for downloading two dozen photos and videos — some showing men sexually assaulting girls as young as 3 years old. The maximum sentence for the crime is 10 years.

In fact, I question whether it counts as a sentence at all because the 5 days were served before the perpetrator made bail.

I wondered why the judge was so lenient with his sentence on this CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) crime, and the explanation he gave was that it wouldn’t be fair to the perpetrator’s children to be without their father.

An academic gave a very interesting perspective on the ruling which I think deserves to be highlighted:

“I think Judge Weinstein’s opinion minimizes the harm that is done to victims of these crimes from the mere act of viewing their images. It’s a gross violation of privacy and an invasion of privacy that traumatizes them throughout their lives,” said Paul Cassel, a former federal judge who is now a law professor at the University of Utah.

 

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