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What are Harris County Child Sex Abuse Charges?

Published: Dec 13, 2019 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

If you are facing Harris County child sex abuse charges, you need to act fast to avoid devastating criminal penalties and the collateral consequences of a sex crime conviction. The stakes are particularly high when the alleged victim is a child, because of enhanced penalties and increased pressure on the judge and prosecutor to bring the suspect to justice. This means that you will need to fight hard to prove your innocence and clear your name. Fortunately, a Houston child sex crimes lawyer can review your case and give it…

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Why Do Children Make False Sex Crime Allegations?

Published: Oct 29, 2019 in Child Sex Crimes, Juvenile Crimes, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

It’s always terrible when a child accuses an adult of a sex crime. When a child claims sexual exploitation by an adult, it stains families and the child in particular. However, while many claims are accurate, many are not. This leaves innocent adults accused, but why would a child make a false claim? If you’re facing sex crime charges because a child made a false allegation, you need to take the situation seriously. Call Houston criminal defense attorney Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767, and discuss your next steps in a…

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Can the Police Search Your Work Computer for Child Pornography?

Published: Oct 08, 2019 in Child Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits law enforcement’s power to arrest suspects, search people and property, and seize objects and contraband (such as child pornography). How much legal process is needed before something can be searched is generally driven by how much privacy you should legitimately expect in the situation. If your employer owns your computer, you shouldn’t expect privacy because it’s not yours. The police, generally, should be given access if your employer consents. Whether your employer should force law enforcement to get a search warrant would…

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Operation “Broken Heart” and Online Child Sex Crime Stings

Published: Aug 02, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes Involving Children

A nationwide child sex crime sting has resulted in 51 arrests in the Houston area. Operation Broken Heart reached into Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Harris counties, and targeted people who allegedly engage in sex trafficking, child pornography, and child grooming. The operation is coordinated by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, whose officers pose as children online to trick potential offenders. This tactic is effective. Last year, the Department of Justice recorded more than 2,300 arrests between March and May alone. Child sex crime charges can ruin your…

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How Investigators Gather Evidence in Child Porn Cases

Published: Jul 31, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Child pornography cases are taken very seriously by state and federal investigators. This is, in part, due to the difficulty of catching individuals who make, distribute, and possess such obscene materials depicting children. These days, much of child porn lives on the internet, is sent through secured connections, and is downloaded onto people’s computers and other devices. Investigators in child porn cases often focus on finding electronic data that proves a person’s involvement with child porn. Electronic data is not as infallible as prosecutors would have you believe. If the…