The U.S. Senate's Commerce Committee has passed a measure that would change the liability rules for internet platforms that host certain exploitive materials. States and victims would be able to sue internet hosts, social media companies and advertising platforms for negligently allowing sex trafficking. It also contains a mechanism for holding companies criminally responsible.
Today’s digital world has created some unique concerns for parents of teens. This includes concerns regarding teen sexting.
Under Wisconsin law, there are certain special classes of sex offenses that cover sex crimes against children. One of these classes is the offense of sexual assault of a child. This offense generally covers the committing of sexual contact or intercourse towards a minor who is under the age of 16.
There are many allegations that can have major implications for a therapist. For those who practice here in Wisconsin, one accusation that can be particularly impactful is being accused of having sexual contact with a patient. That is because, under state law, this sort of allegation could expose a therapist to felony charges.
There’s a general idea that the punishment should fit the crime. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. For certain crimes, such as sex offenses, the punishment may last a lifetime.
Cyberbullying has become rampant with the advent of new technologies and ubiquitous online social media outlets. But over the last few years, internet bullying has taken a particularly ugly turn. When harassment includes the publication or distribution of sexually explicit images without the subject's consent it is considered a crime of nonconsensual pornography, commonly referred to as "revenge porn."
Over the past several weeks, police have been investigating Waukesha massage parlors accused of engaging in prostitution. On December 14, 2016, police arrested four women but have yet to bring charges against them. One reason for the delay is the ongoing nature of the investigation. Another reason, perhaps more relevant, is the limited translation capabilities available to law enforcement officials.
Felony charges can be brought against a person here in Wisconsin if they are accused of conduct that falls under the state's definition of possession of child pornography. This is the case whether the accused is an adult or a juvenile. The state's child pornography laws apply to minors as well as adults.
We have previously written about the dangerous intersection between modern technology and sweeping child pornography laws written before such technology existed. Specifically, the legal perils of teenage sexting.
Last week, we began a discussion about how children can end up listed on sex offender registries. Plenty of these cases involve actions that most would say are not sex crimes - sexting, consensual sex between minors, etc.