Child pornography is generally defined as pornographic material that portrays or exploits a minor. Any form of involvement in child pornography is illegal, including possessing it. The United States Department of Justice provides a guide for federal child pornography laws, and each state also has its own child pornography laws. In Iowa, it's considered child pornography not only when minors perform a prohibited sexual act, but also if they engage in a simulation of a prohibited sexual act.
Iowa Child Pornography Statute
The following table is a quick summary of Iowa's child pornography laws.
|Code Sections||Iowa Code Annotated § 728.12, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor|
|What is Prohibited?||
The following acts are prohibited:
|Defenses||This statute requires that the person perform the prohibited acts knowingly; therefore, it's a defense if the person commits any of the prohibited acts listed above unaware of the character of the matter.|
Iowa Child Pornography Laws: Related Resources
You can visit FindLaw's section on Sex Crimes for more information and articles on this topic. If you or someone close to you is facing a child pornography charge or any other sex crime charge, it's in your best interest to contact a local sex crimes attorney.
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