Federal Pornography: A Federal Crime and Apparently a Quite Common One

October 13, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

If you’ve been arrested on federal child pornography charges in Florida (or elsewhere), you obviously understand that you are in an incredibly serious situation. You might face punishments ranging from lengthy amounts of jail time to ostracism from friends and family. If the charges against you aren’t true or are exaggerated, you are also likely panicked about how you can prove your innocence and make sure that justice is served.

The topic of federal pornography has been getting tons of media attention recently, thanks to representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who just introduced a bill that would prohibit federal employees from looking at pornography on the job. You might have been under the impression that looking at pornography at work was already a big “no-no” for federal government employees, but Meadows asserts that law enforcement has not been enforcing the rules prohibiting such behavior.

We blogged several months ago about a Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official – a very high up bureaucrat – whom authorities alleged kept 7,000 files of pornography files on his computer. He may have spent six or more hours every day at work engaged with that pornography. The pornography he viewed was not child pornography, however. Apparently, he hasn’t even been fired yet: he is just technically “on leave.”

According to the investigative news source, Mic, pornography consumption may be rampant among federal government employees. Earlier this year, a Federal Communications Commission worker got in trouble for spending eight hours every week looking at pornography on the job, claiming that “he was bored.” Meanwhile, a Treasury Department official checked out over 13,000 porn images in a month-and-a-half at work. Per the Mic investigation, employees at the Minerals Management Service, the Department of Justice, The U.S. Senate, and The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission all extensively looked at pornography at work. A 2009 report from The Washington Times found that “one senior National Science Foundation executive spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer and chatting online with nude or partially clothed women without being detected.”

As someone who faces serious federal child pornography charges – particularly if you’re innocent – you may feel furious about the double standard. Why do some people get punished for pornography crimes, while other people don’t? Rather than rue your fate or shake your fist at the system, get clear about your options to protect your freedom and dignity. Call the team here at Seltzer Law, PA, at 1-888-THE DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) for a free and confidential consultation about your federal pornography defense. We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.