Get Informed Below with the Latest Research and News!
We've compiled a lot of national research studies from the Department of Justice, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National District Attorney's Association, and more!
We also are keeping you up to date with child pornography in the news.
We also are keeping you up to date with child pornography in the news.
Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) Introduces AB 1817 - Mandating Computer Technicians to Report Child Sexual Abuse!
San Diego Union Tribune, February 23, 2012
Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation (AB 1817) to require commercial computer technicians to be mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect.
“Computer technicians are on the front lines for discovering child sexual abuse and pornography,” said Atkins. Read the full Union Tribune story here!
National Research Studies!
Child Pornography on the Internet
U.S. Department of Justice. (2006, May). Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
The guide begins by describing the problem and factors that increase the risks of Internet child pornography. It then identifies a series of questions that might assist law enforcement in analyzing their local Internet child pornography problem. Finally, this guide reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these approaches from evaluative research and police practice. Read the full study here.
Child-Pornography Possessors Arrested in Internet-Related Crimes: Findings from the National Juvenile Online Victimization Study
Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., & Mitchell K.J. (2005).
The goals of the National Juvenile Online Victimization (N-JOV) Study were to survey law-enforcement agencies within the United States (U.S.) to count arrests for Internet-related sex crimes committed against minors and describe the characteristics of the offenders, the crimes they committed, and their victims. This report focuses on a representative national sample of arrested offenders
who possessed child pornography. Read the study here!
The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction: A REPORT TO CONGRESS
U.S. Department of Justice. (2010, August).
Because the sexual abuse and exploitation of children strikes at the very foundation of our society, it will take our entire society to combat this affront to the public welfare. Therefore, this National Strategy lays out a comprehensive response to protect the right of children to be free from sexual abuse and to protect society from the cost imposed by this crime. Read the study here!
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws
Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2010, April). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This publication is a product of the State Statutes Series prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway. The report examines each state's statutes identifying persons and professionals who are required to report child maltreatment under specific circumstances. According to the report, some professions frequently mandated across the States include commercial film or photograph processors. Read the full report here!
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: State Statutes and Professional Ethics
National District Attorney's Association. (2010, May).
This comprehensive document details state statutes and professional ethics for mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. California's statutes can be found on pages 21-31. Read the full document here!
The ‘Butner Study’ Redux: A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography Offenders
Bourke, M.L. & Hernandez, A.E. (2009). Journal of Family Violence. 24:183–191
This study compared two groups of child pornography offenders participating in a voluntary treatment program: men whose known sexual offense history at the time of judicial sentencing involved the possession, receipt, or distribution of child abuse images, but did not include any “hands-on” sexual abuse; and men convicted of similar offenses who had documented histories of hands-on sexual offending against at least one child victim. The findings showed that the Internet offenders in the sample were significantly more likely than not to have sexually abused a child via a hands-on act.
Read the full study here!
__In the News! Click on title to read full news story.
Los Angles Times, February 23, 2012
"Since authorities charged a Miramonte Elementary School teacher with lewd acts in his classroom nearly a month ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District has seen a flurry of arrests of school employees accused of inappropriate behavior with children."
Charleston Daily Mail, February 15, 2012
A computer repair technician discovered child pornography featuring a known child victim on the laptop of a West Virginia man. Detectives determined the images to be of prepubescent girls, according to the complaint.
The Houston Chronical, February 2, 2012
Another computer repair technician discovers child sexual abuse images & videos during normal course of work, and fortunately reported to authorites. Police found 575 images & 63 videos, some of which involved an 11 year old boy that the accused admitted he made.
WGMD 92.7, February 1, 2012
Police received a report from a computer store that a laptop brought in for repair contained images of child pornography. Computer technicians in California are not currently required to report child pornography they find during their normal course of business. Let's change that!
Clayton middle school teacher, already charged with molestations, also faces child pornography allegations
Silicon Valley Mercury News, December 29, 2011
"A Clayton middle school teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday to 22 sex crimes, including numerous counts of child molestation and two new counts of possessing child pornography."
Oberver-Dispatch, December 29, 2011
"A 58-year-old Whitesboro man was charged with possessing child pornography after his laptop computer was left to be serviced at the Best Buy store in New Hartford last week, police said."
The Neshoba Democrat, December 28, 2011
"Acting on a tip last week, police seized Chesney's computer at a Philadelphia computer repair shop where he had taken it for repairs. A computer technician told investigators about seeing possible child pornography and the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes unit was called in."
USA Today, December 16, 2011
"States' mandatory abuse-reporting laws are getting new scrutiny in the aftermath of a sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University, where longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is accused of having molested 10 boys over 15 years. He has pleaded not guilty. Two Penn State officials are charged with failing to report the abuse to police."
Huffington Post, December 16, 2011
"An Oklahoma prosecutor said Friday he "fully expects" more young victims to emerge in the case of a former third-grade teacher accused of making child pornography involving her students and sharing it online with a retired college professor in Pennsylvania. Police later uncovered more than 100 sexually explicit photographs of young girls from Crain's cellphone, computers and digital cameras, authorities said."
New York Daily News, December 3, 2011
"Police in Southern California have busted the alleged proprietor of what may be the largest collection of child pornography in U.S. history, Reuters reported Friday.
Federal authorities say Michael Peterson, 58, had more than 500,000 images and 7,500 videos of suspected child porn on his computers, according to the wire service.
The children in the images range from 18 months to 17 years of age, according to the criminal complaint, Reuters reports."
The Sacramento Bee, December 2, 2011
"Eight men have been arrested and charged in Southern California for allegedly possessing child pornography as part of a federal probe."
News10/KXTV.com, December 1, 2011
"Sacramento ICAC found Howard had downloaded images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. These images were later deleted after Howard's ex-wife found them."
Cincinnati.com, November 27, 2011
"Child pornographers also use the videos and photographs as currency: buying, selling and trading them with others. This illegal marketplace creates a demand for more child pornography and thus the abuse and exploitation of still more children."
The Observer, November 26, 2011
"Graham took his computer in for repairs when it was operating badly, the court was told during the June trial.
The repair person discovered thousands of images of naked children and children engaged in sexual activity with adults. Police seized the computer after a call from the repair service."
_Bangor Daily News, November 26, 2011
“Tell me one thing that is more important than saving a kid who is being sexually assaulted,” Diamond said. “That is the ultimate priority as far as I’m concerned.”
The Tennessean, November 26, 2011
"More disturbing is how many bystanders reportedly “knew,” and how long authorities say that Sandusky was able to continue victimizing young boys."
Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2011
"...the legal duty to report sexual abuse remains unclear in many instances, including what sorts of conduct should trigger a call to authorities. Mr. Dion said national surveys have shown that less than 10% of abuse cases are reported to police"
FBI - San Francisco Division, November 23, 2011
"According to court documents, Jewell was employed as a youth counselor and therapist. Jewell’s molestation offenses were discovered when law enforcement executed a search warrant on his residence for suspected possession of child pornography."
MSNBC, KSBW.com, November 18, 2011
“Some of these images are absolutely horrific, involving two, three, four-year-old children,” said San Jose Police officer Greg Lombardo. “It’s amazing the type of images that are out there, so we’re doing everything we can to find these images and arrest those people in possession of them.”
The Democratic Party of Oregon, May 9, 2011
"Oregon’s law on mandatory reporting of child pornography observed through photo or videotape processing was first enacted in 1987. Since then, the technology of producing images, pictures, and movies digitally has made this provision increasingly obsolete. While the use of photo labs to develop photos has declined, personal computers have become central in the production and sharing of child pornography."
New York, June 23, 2003
"For 26 years, Edward Samuels was a highly respected New York Law School professor. And then the tech department stumbled onto his stash of child pornography. But if you thought he’d resign, you’d be wrong. Instead, he sat back while his colleagues argued the merits of his case. Then, curiously, the techies who discovered his secret were fired."