A number of female celebrities recently had their phones and computers hacked into, and nude pictures of these celebrities were released on the Internet. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is investigating what kind of charges can be filed against the persons responsible for the sharing of the images.
According to FBI representatives, there are many charges that could be filed. The most obvious crime that these people have committed is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Denver criminal defense lawyers believe that these people could face charges of wire fraud. There are also violations of privacy laws, as well as copyright law involved here.
However, what Denver criminal defense lawyers find more interesting is the possibility of charges of sex crimes against children, especially if any of these nude photographs involved celebrities below the age of 18. So far, it seems that most of the photographs involved celebrities above the age of 18. However, photographs of United States Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney are also available online. Maroney only turned 18 recently. Her images were posted on some websites, and recently administrators at Reddit informed the users of a subreddit site that those leaked images could be considered child porn because Maroney was below 18 at the time. Reddit has told the users of the site to remove pictures of the gymnast immediately.
Obviously, charges of wire fraud, and violations of privacy are serious, but the penalties that are attached to charges of child porn are very stringent. For example, in the case of the leaked pictures of Maroney, any person who downloaded her images could immediately be guilty of possession of child porn. The sharing of nude images of the gymnast could also be considered a violation of the law.
The use of social media makes it easy for people to share questionable images that could actually get them in trouble. For instance, on Twitter, if a person retweets an image of a celebrity below the age of 18, he could be violating the law. However, simply retweeting a link that features the image, may not necessarily qualify as distribution of child porn.