Chairman of Concord Chamber of Commerce Arrested on Child Porn Charges (CA Penal Code 311)

The 52-year-old former chairman of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, a prominent member of his community, has recently been arrested on charges of illegally downloading pornographic images involving children and possession of child pornography.  His arrest was the result of a search warrant that was carried out at his home.  Law enforcement officials discovered digitally recorded videos that included images of children in sexual situations.

California law concerning the possession of child pornography is quite strict.  CA Penal Code 311 addresses a wide variety of crimes associated with the possession, distribution, sale, and duplication of images containing children engaging in sexual acts.  If it can be proved that you willingly, purposefully, and knowingly possess child pornography and prosecutors can show that the images in question involve persons under the age of 18, you face possible punishment under the law.

Depending upon what charges you are brought up against, you will likely be looking at felony charges.  For example, simply possessing child pornography is a felony under California law.  It carries with it the penalty of 1 year in county jail and a possible $2,500 fine.  If, however, this is the second time that you have been convicted of possession of child pornography, the consequences become harsher.  In fact, you could end up spending up to 6 years in state prison.  In either case, any child pornography charge carries with it the burden of registering as a sex offender for life.