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Former school board member faces child porn charges

South Carolina prosecutors are more aggressive when prosecuting certain crimes. Sex crimes are treated particularly harshly.

One 52-year-old Rock Hill man was recently charged with various sex crimes. The man was a board member of a local charter school. According to police, the man had child pornography on a computer he owned.

Police claimed that they received a tip that he had been downloading child pornography from the internet. When police searched his computer they allegedly found explicit photos of children performing sex acts.

The man was arrested and charged with 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Those accused of sex crimes, like this man, face serious penalties. If convicted, the man could face 10 years in prison for each count, or 100 years total.

Moreover, those accused face serious damage to their reputations in their communities. As a result of these charges, this man was permanently suspended from his job with the school board before he was even found guilty of the crimes.

Because of the seriousness of the consequences, those accused of sex crimes, such as possession child pornography or online solicitation of a minor, need to vigorously defend the charges.

Before someone can be found guilty of a crime, the prosecution must prove the elements of that crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecution cannot do meet this burden, then the person accused will not be found guilty and not punished. This rule applies to those accused of sex crimes.

In this case, the prosecution is going to have to prove that he downloaded the images and that he knew about them. In most cases, it is easy for anyone to access another person's personal computer and use it for criminal activity. It is not unbelievable to think that this man may not have even known about the pornography, and it is the prosecutor's responsibility to prove he did.

Source: Midlands Connect, "York prep school board member faces porn charges," July 11, 2012

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