According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, a 23-year-old Little Canada man was indicted in Federal court recently on three counts of child pornography. Aaron Jay Lemon was charged with one count of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
The United States Attorney’s Office indictment cited that Lemon coerced “a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.” He is also accused of distributing child pornography using a computer. If convicted, this low-life faces 30 years in prison for producing child pornography, 15 years for distributing and 10 years for possessing.
Child pornography is a blight on society. This terrible crime injures many innocent children and has devastating and lasting effects. Children suffer from physical injuries in the course of their molestation, such as genital bruising, lacerations, or exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. Child victims can also experience depression, withdrawal, anger, and other psychological disorders. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenâ€™s web site explains these effects on children.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in 33 children receives an unwanted sexual solicitation online each year. One in four children experiences unwanted exposure to sexually explicit material on the Internet each year. And this is shocking – more than 20,000 images of child pornography are posted on the Internet every week.
Recent research conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons indicates a strong correlation between possessing or distributing child pornography and committing sexual-contact crimes against children. The Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a national initiative that encourages the use of multi-jurisdictional task forces to investigate and prosecute cases that involve the sexual exploitation of children over the Internet. PSC urges that law enforcement efforts be complemented by community-wide campaigns to assist victims of exploitation and to educate parents, other adults, and children about Internet safety.