Ohio Child Pornography Laws
It is illegal under Ohio state (and federal) law to produce, transport, share, receive, or possess child pornography. Why? Because images of child pornography are not considered protected speech by the Constitution. It is a form of child sexual exploitation. In modern times, instances of child pornography can occur on a computer through the Internet or even on a smartphone when engaged in an activity known as "sexting."
Most convictions will lead to registration on the Ohio Sex Offender List. Once registered, an individual may be on the list for life.
Ohio Revised Code §2907.321: Pandering obscenity involving a minor
Ohio Revised Code §2907.322: Pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor
Ohio Revised Code §2907.323: Illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material or
|What is Prohibited||
|First Amendment Protections?||
Child pornography is not protected speech covered by the First Amendment.
|Definition of a "Minor"||
A person under 18 years of age.
|Mistake of Age Defense?||
Not a defense against prosecution.
|Mandatory State Sexual Offender Registry if Convicted?||Yes, see Ohio Revised Code § 2950.01 Sexual predator, habitual sex offender, sexually oriented offender definitions.|
Felony, 4th or 2nd degree depending on the facts.
Federal Child Pornography Crimes
Child pornography is also a federal crime. Federal laws addressing child pornography include:
Because criminal laws can sometimes get complicated, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney if you have questions about your specific situation.
Contact a qualified attorney.