Whether a person knowingly participates in the sexual exploitation of a minor, or accidentally through association, or even unknowingly is involved, it remains the heavy burden of the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. Nevertheless, once charged, to successfully defend against such serious accusations with life long consequences and lengthy prison sentences, it is imperative to hire the best criminal defense attorney possible.

Many people have specific vices that keep their private evils within and at bay, allowing them to function normally in society without inner demons escaping in the limelight. Drugs, prostitution, pornography, and other illicit activities are just a few of the vices some use to keep happy in the monotony of life. However, participating in illegal activities will eventually have its recourses, often leading an individual into trouble with the law.

This becomes incredibly apparent in the case of Jared Fogle, the Subway spokesman whose recent sex scandal became the topic of national news. Fogle has been caught in possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 2252, wherein he knowingly received, or distributed visual depictions containing a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, by any means including by computer. It has come to light through this evidence that he has been involved with years of soliciting sex with minors, as well as seemingly limitless amounts of commissioned child pornography. As the evidence unravels through the prosecutors’ excavation, it becomes more and more clear that Fogle knowingly sought out underage minors to fulfill his taboo vice.

The evidence, including phone records, photographs/videos, and witness testimony, in Fogle’s case makes it clear that he not only searched for underage children, but also paid a premium price to commission the appearance of such children. Child pornography is defined under Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. Visual depictions include the obvious (Photographs, videos, computer generated images, etc) of any individual under 18 years of age. Through his involvement with sexual exploitation of a minor, Fogle will plead guilty to the charges of possessing and distributing child porn, and to traveling across state lines to have sex with at least two teenage girls. While Federal law prohibits the production, distribution, reception and possession of an image of child pornography, whereupon violation of this law is a felony, and carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, Fogle’s lawyers have cut him a plea deal for a reduction of his punishment, in which he will face between 5 ½ and 12 years in prison, and be required to pay $100,000 in restitution to 14 victims who were either secretly photographed in explicit conduct, or who engaged in paid sex with Fogle.

Whether a person knowingly participates in the sexual exploitation of a minor, or accidentally through association, or even unknowingly is involved, it remains the heavy burden of the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. Nevertheless, once charged, to successfully defend against such serious accusations with life long consequences and lengthy prison sentences, it is imperative to hire the best criminal defense attorney possible.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Debra Sarah White is uniquely qualified and highly experienced at defending clients accused of sex crimes. Ms. White defends against all sex crime accusations including: possession of child pornography, production and distribution of child pornography, child sexual assault or lewd acts on a minor, child molestation, and soliciting sex with a minor. Ms. White represents clients in both state and federal courts, and handles cases in the pre-Indictment or pre-filing stages, as well as after charges are filed.

Ms. White can be contacted for a free confidential consultation at 1-818-609-1800.