I have viewed legal images of nudists on a website for the past several months and I believe I may have came across some questionable content. I opened a page and viewed some of the images but it wasn't until I saw the face that I realized it was an underage girl. It happened to me a few times and I finally decided I'm not going to visit that site again. There are tons of legal pics and photography but the illegal ones are mixed in. I know it is not illegal to accidentally view the material but how would I prove it was an accident? What do they need to get a search warrant for my pc? I have been in a panic because I know law enforcement would try to convict me even if it was an accident and I know it can take years before they show up at your door.
Just possessing it is enough. Just looking at it is enough. They can tell where you've been on your computer no matter how much you "scrub". If I came across something like this accidentally, I'd inform the FBI right away that these sites had inappropriate material regarding children.
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While I agree with lawyer Sargeant, I do have one extra comment.
I suggest you speak to an attorney before contacting the FBI. I always suggest to potential clients that they should never enter the legal arena without a lawyer by their side. You never know what unintended consequences you could run in to.
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