The term “sex crimes” can include a vast and wide category of crimes that can range all the way from a sexual relationship with a person below the age of legal consent, to the production and distribution of child pornography. However, the recent celebrity photo scandal in which thousands of digital images of celebrities were leaked and released on the Internet does not constitute a sex crime, even though the pictures depicted the celebrities in the nude.
Recently, Jennifer Lawrence in an interview, alleged that the hacking which involved many of her own pictures too, constituted a sex crime. Lawrence, however, is wrong. The hacking of her nude pictures, while it might have been emotionally distressing to her, does not meet the criteria for a sex crime.
That doesn’t mean that the leak of those photographs cannot have other types of charges apply to them. For instance, Denver criminal defense attorneys believe that wiretapping, or invasion of privacy charges can be filed against the persons who were responsible for hacking these computers and distributing the celebrities’ nude pictures on the Internet. However, distribution of those pictures, even if they were nude pictures, does not constitute the distribution of child pornography, creation of child pornography, inappropriate touching of a minor, or the wide variety of other crimes that constitute sex crimes in Colorado.
The distribution of nude photographs in some situations and in some states has been specifically defined as a crime, if the distribution takes place without the permission of the person in the pictures. For instance, New Jersey has an invasion of privacy law that allows charges to be filed against persons distributing nude pictures of other persons without their permission. Typically, those kinds of charges are seen in revenge- porn cases, in which a person in a spurned relationship, posts pictures of his ex on the Internet without her permission, in an attempt to humiliate her. If you are facing sex crime charges, consult with a Denver criminal defense attorney immediately.