Child pornography is the visual depiction of sexual activities involving children. Production, possession, and distribution of child pornographic videos or images are punishable offenses. Any person involved in such activities will be charged with child pornography.
Penalties for Child Pornography
New Jersey penalties for child pornography are severe. Under state law or federal law, persons convicted of child pornography may face the following sentences:
- The period of imprisonment for distributing, selling, transporting or receiving visual child pornographic content is 5-10 years.
- Child pornography photographing is a second degree crime, and can lead to 5-10 years of imprisonment.
- Possessing child pornography or viewing it is a fourth degree crime, and can lead to up to 18 months of imprisonment.
- Anyone convicted of child pornography must register as a sex offender, and the criminal record is publicly available. The offender must re-register periodically or when they change addresses.
- If the person allowing child pornography is the parent of the child, then the activity is a first degree crime punishable with 10-20 years imprisonment.