Missouri Child Pornography Laws
Briefly, child porn is immoral and illegal in Missouri, so don't do it. The possession, promotion, and creation of pornographic materials with a child under 18 years old are all crimes under Missouri law.
There are different levels or degrees of child pornography crimes, with the greatest penalties applying in cases where the child involved is or appears to be under 14. The second degree or next level of penalty applies in cases where the child is under 18, but over 14. Providing or showing porn to a child under 18 is also illegal, whether it's a magazine, a performance, or videos over the internet.
Details about Missouri child pornography laws are outline in the table below. For more information, see the FindLaw Sex Crimes section.
Missouri Chapter 573: Pornography and Related Offenses
|What Is Prohibited?||
Essentially, any minor under 18 cannot be photographed, filmed, or made to perform in any sexual manner. Minors also can't be made to watch a performance or be shown or sold any sexually explicit materials, including over the Internet. Buyers and sellers of "obscene" materials should confirm children aren't depicted and shouldn't sell or give porn to children. Obscene materials are those that the average person in the community would consider to be depicting sexual conduct offensively and lacking serious artistic or scientific value.
Penalties vary depending on the conduct committed, the defendant's knowledge of the age of the child involved, and the age or apparent age of the child:
Punishments for felonies and misdemeanors in Missouri vary by class. The felonies above are subject to the following penalties:
|Civil Case||As the creation of child pornography may involve the sexual battery (or harmful or offensive touching) of a child, the child may sue the persons who hurt them and the individuals who directed the porno. This would be a civil lawsuit for financial compensation separate from any criminal case for the child porn laws that were broken. If you are a victim of a child sexual exploitation, you may wish to consult a personal injury attorney about suing your exploiters. If you've been accused of a child porn related crime, be aware that a civil suit is possible and you may need to hire a civil defense attorney in addition to your criminal defense attorney or public defender.|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Missouri sex crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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Missouri Sexual Assault Laws: Related Resources
- Child Pornography - Federal Laws
- Child Pornography and Selfies: What You Need to Know
- The Sex Offender Registry: What You Need to Know
- Statutory Rape
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