Possessing or distributing child pornography is a serious criminal offense in the United States. Individuals accused and convicted of possession child pornography can face serious criminal consequences, including long prison sentences. In addition, people charged with a sex crimes involving child pornography are also classified as sex offenders, a classification that can have incredibly serious, life-long consequences.
Those in New Jersey who have been convicted of a sex crime are sometimes required to undergo a lifetime of community supervision under the state's Megan's Law. A recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court has changed that requirement for one state resident, however, removing the requirement even after his guilty plea to a sexual assault charge.
Several video game companies have agreed to close down the accounts of more than 3,500 sex offenders to help curb online predation. The move will include popular gaming networks Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony Play Station, as well as accounts managed by Warner Brothers, Disney Interactive Media Group and Apple.