Category Archives: Child Pornography Charges

When Sexting is a Crime in Texas

Last Friday, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner pled guilty in a federal court to the felony charge of transferring obscene material to a minor as part of a plea deal. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 8, 2017.  It’s understood that as part of the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney General’s Office,…


Child Pornography: Defending Against Overreaching Investigations Using the Internet

Here in Texas, specific teams of law enforcement are dedicated to investigating, arresting, and prosecuting child pornography laws.  Their focus is solely on building cases against individuals violating either state or federal child porn statutes.   That’s fine.  Task forces have been around for years. Overreaching Child Porn Investigations Violate the Law The problem today is…


Loss of Privacy And Arrest in Texas: Hurting Your Job, Your Relationships, Your Life

You can be arrested under either federal or state law here in Texas. We’ve discussed how those two systems work side by side here in Dallas, Fort Worth, and North Texas. For more on the process of being detained, arrested, and released on bail, read: Out on Bail: Pre-Trial Conditions in Dallas, Fort Worth, and…


Texas Sex Offender Registry List Is Huge But Not Every Listed Sex Offender Is an Adult Who Committed a Sex Crime

Last week, the Austin American Statesman published some pretty important facts about the State of Texas’ Sex Offender Registry. The Austin newspaper’s investigation needs to have lots of state-wide scrutiny because what is being revealed by the Statesman is critical information for every Texan. The Statesman’s full investigative piece was published online on July 14,…


Child Pornography Arrests: Lessons From The Ex-Subway Pitchman’s Sentencing

Jared Fogel went before a federal judge up in Indiana this week with a plea deal in place. The federal district judge didn’t have to rule according to that deal, though, and she didn’t. At the end of that sentencing hearing before Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, he was sentenced to 188 months in a…


Sex Crimes In Texas: How Soon Do You Need to Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Sex crimes are a particular kind of criminal defense case; things can become complicated very quickly in these matters. For years, I have devoted part of my Dallas law practice to defending individuals who are being investigated or have been charged with any one (or more) of a number of sex crimes as defined under…


Why the Jane Does’ CVRA Lawsuit Re Alleged Epstein Child Sex Ring Drags On

This news story has everything it needs to become one of the biggest scandals of the 21st Century:  there’s sex and power, of course.  Add to that the targeted criminal defendant, Jeffrey Epstein – so rich he owns his own island; political players like Bill Clinton; a famous lawyer and Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz…


Child Porn Charges: Busted By FBI Computer Surveillance and Now, Private Web Hackers on Social Media

Federal authorities in North Texas and the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area are working very hard it seems at investigating and charging people with child pornography sex crime charges. .   Recent Computer-Related Federal Child Porn Charges Consider the following five examples of news releases from the local FBI (Dallas) office and the U.S….


Creepshot Law Held Unconstitutional: New Cases in Texas Child Pornography Defense

The prosecution of child pornography cases just got a bit harder here in Texas after the highest criminal court in the state, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, issued its opinion last week regarding photographs taken of children in public places here. The court ruled that “upskirt” photographs are not illegal, no matter how disturbing…


Expect More People to Face Child Pornography Charges as Online Investigation into EMail and Search Queries Expand in 2014

Earlier this week, an Arlington man named Barry Robert Turner was sentenced by federal judge John McBryde to 40 years behind bars in a federal prison in a sentencing hearing that came about after Turner pled guilty to one felony count of distribution of child pornography. In the FBI news release, Turner’s crime is described…