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NJ YMCA worker faces child porn charges June 6, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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Alex Kahn, an 18 year old high school student from Basking Ridge has been charged with second- and fourth-degree charges of endangering the welfare of a child after an undercover investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The second degree charge  is for the alleged distribution of child pornography and the fourth degree charge is for the possession charge.  Like most child porn investigations these days, the alleged child porn was found in a “shared folder” most likely for use in a P2P service like BearShare.  The problem with that is that most people do not realize that their downloads are automatically placed in a shared folder.

These cases are great for a defense attorney; at least they should be. However, most defendants including Mr. Kahn, confess to everything which severely limits a defense attorney’s options.  Without a confession, it is possible to avoid charges all together.  I know this because I have done it in my own practice.  Thus, when attorneys such as myself beg people to call an attorney first over and over again, we have clients like Kahn in mind. 

Nevertheless, even with a statement, you can still work out great deals.  Hopefully Kahn gets an attorney that knows what he or she is doing.  I see far too many attorneys that take computer crime cases when they know don’t even know how to turn on a computer.

Story is here.

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