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Transmission of Child Pornography in Florida?

Pompano Beach, FL |

I was browsing twitter (social media) and unintentionally came across illegal images. I copied and pasted the link of the status (web url on twitter where the image appears) to a email message which i sent to (this is twitter child sexual exploitation e-mail hotline) to report the material. Was any law broken?

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If you're asking whether you are at risk of being prosecuted, I would suggest that the answer is no. You reported a crime to the proper party. If you feel compelled to do so, you could also report it to the authorities, but that may open up an entirely different bag of worms that you may not wish to deal with. Either way, your conduct as described would be difficult to criminalize so I think you can rest easy.

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Criminal Intent is the issue here. Based upon your description of what you did I do not believe you would be found to have the requisite criminal intent to disseminate child pornography. You did exactly what should have been done and what is encouraged by the website.

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Probably not. In criminal law there must be what is known as mens rea, criminal intent. There is none here.

R. Jason de Groot, Esq.,


It shouldn't be a problem, but I wouldn't type anything that can be construed as an admission in that you copied and pasted illegal images. If you were being monitored, they are seeing this. You do not have an attorney-client privilege in these forums.