Privacy is a right many New Jersey residents expect when they are in their
homes and using their own electronic devices. Many people feel that what
they do on their own time and in their personal lives should not be subject
to review by others. Unfortunately in many ways online privacy is being
significantly eroded with regard to security products and law enforcement
investigations. Particular content that authorities have deemed as illegal
can lead to
sex crimes charges against those who view or possess it.
Around seventy-one people in New York and New Jersey were arrested when
federal officials executed an internet sex crimes crackdown. The crackdown
focused on people who allegedly used the internet to share and view materials
containing child pornography. Possession of child pornography is a federal
and state crime and can lead to prison sentences for those convicted of
having it on their personal devices.
Individuals from all walks of life were arrested in the crackdown, including
a rabbi, a scout leader and an au pair. Authorities took possession of
hundreds of computers and other electronic devices that allegedly contain
evidence of illegal activity. Prosecutors will use that supposed evidence
to build cases against those individuals who have been accused.
As their trials approach, the accused individuals will also be granted
access to the evidence and data that the authorities collected against
them. Their attorneys will have the opportunity to review how the evidence
was obtained and to object to any alleged evidence that was derived from
illegal searches or seizures. From the evidence left they will prepare
their defenses for their trials.
The internet can be a solitary place but a person's online actions
are rarely secret. While law enforcement officials sometimes use public
safety as a rationale to infringe on individuals' rights to privacy
not all encroachments are permissible. Individuals who have been charged
with internet-based sex crimes have rights to review the evidence collected
against them and to work with legal professionals who can help them build
honest defenses to combat their charges.
Source: CBS New York, "Feds Charge Dozens In NYC Area Child Porn Case," May 21, 2014