Internet Sex Crimes Involving Children in Virginia

To say that keeping children safe is more complicated as compared to the past would be an understatement. Children in the past didn’t have access to the internet as they have now. Children in the past didn’t have to worry about meeting predators online and being sexually exploited. Parents have to be more careful now, because of how widespread child pornography and sexual exploitation has become.

When a person is charged with a sex crime, that involved a minor, then the accused can’t take such a charge lightly because it impacts their criminal record and alters their future. Such crimes take place when a full-grown adult tries to get sexual images or videos of minors or solicit sexual activity with minors. Online solicitation is one such crime, where a person asks a minor through online communication, to meet them or engage in sexual acts online. Some people think that asking minors to engage in sexual activities online is no big deal because they are not doing it in reality. However, what they don’t understand that Virginia punishes such act of communication and considers it a crime.

The Virginia code section describes that using the internet to indulge in sexual activities with minors is punishable. It is not legal for a person to use any means of electronic communication with a person, who they think is under the age of 18. There are four violations of the law, and even if one is committed, then the person can be charged.

The first violation is that a person exposed their genitals or their sexual parts to a minor, who they are, not married to; this can also be explained as asking the minor to expose their sexual parts. The second is to fondle their genitals in front of the minor, through electronic communication or ask them to do the same. The third one is to engage in sexual and anal intercourse or any other sexual act, which is not allowed. Lastly, a person should not try to entice children to come to their home, enter their vehicle or any place where they can perform such actions.

A 40-year-old man was arrested in Virginia, as he sexually exploited a 14-year-old girl, online. When the matter was investigated, the man was charged with taking indecent liberties with the girl and involving communication system to do so.

When such cases go to court, no one has sympathy for the accused because of the seriousness of the situation. A drug addict might get some sympathy because of his addiction. A thief might get sympathy because he is trying to feed his family; however, a child pornographer or someone who lures children to exploit them sexually gets sympathy from no one. The biggest reason for this is that they exploit those, who are the weakest part of society. Children don’t know who to talk to and what not to talk about; they are gullible, which is why sex offenders should be punished harshly.