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Facing Criminal Charges for Online Activities

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Internet crime, child pornography, San Jose Internet crime attorney, dark web, sex offenderJust about anything is available for purchase online, but just because it is being offered does not mean it is legal. Unscrupulous sellers provide products ranging from illegal weapons and narcotics to child pornography, while there are those willing to perform illegal services, such as assault, theft, and murder, for a price. Internet crime is a big business, and unsuspecting people can easily become ensnared. It is always important to remember that there is no such thing as anonymity online, and purchases you make can easily be tracked and reported to the authorities.

San Jose Coach Arrested for Child Pornography after eBay Purchase

You do not have to be on underground ‘dark web’ sites to get in trouble for online purchases. Buying quantities of weapons, known poisons, or chemicals associated with drug manufacturing or bomb making can trigger an alert. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) encourages tips from online sellers and observers of social media postings in which illegal or potentially dangerous activities are discussed. One call is all it takes to trigger an investigation.

A San Jose resident and a former coach at Oak Grove High School was recently arraigned on charges of child pornography after a questionable purchase alerted the police to his activities. According to a late April 2018 report from the Mercury News, the man purchased a sex doll designed to look like a child through an online auction on eBay. The company reported the man to authorities, providing them with his address via his purchasing information. Police went to his home and ended up seizing laptops and other electronic devices. They uncovered images of child pornography, for which he is currently facing charges. If convicted, he faces up to five years or more in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Making Illegal Purchases Online

In general, the authorities understand that otherwise innocent people can stumble on images and websites containing illegal matter accidentally. Provided you have not made a purchase or downloaded anything, you should be safe. However, once you make a purchase or cross certain thresholds, you never know when someone could be watching.

USA Today reported earlier this year on a massive sting operation which targeted online drug sellers offering fentanyl to consumers in the United States. Based on payment information investigations, they were able to identify more than 500 transactions made by 300 different people. While the chances are slim of being able to shut down an overseas merchant, authorities can make an example of purchasers by filing criminal charges on either a local or federal level.

Contact Us Today for Help

If you are facing criminal charges as the result of illegal online activities or purchases, you need an experienced San Jose Internet crime attorney to help build a strong defense in your case. Contact Jachimowicz Law Group online today and request a consultation to see how we can assist you.

Sources:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/tips_online.htm

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/24/opoids-easily-purchased-overseas-online-and-shipped-through-mail-little-chance-discovers-online-and/1062262001/

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/25/court-docs-child-sex-doll-buy-led-to-san-jose-track-coachs-porn-arrest/

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