Virginia is one of the states in the US that takes things like sex crimes against children very seriously indeed, and when such crimes are committed in a cyber capacity the punishment is not going to be any less than it would have been otherwise. There are a lot of things that go into penalizing individuals that commit sexual cyber crimes against minors in the state of Virginia, from the age of the victim to the age of the person that committed these acts.
To start off with, the act itself must be defined. Sexual solicitation, asking the minor to show their genitals or reveal any excess skin, attempts to show one’s own genitals, these are all sexual cyber crimes, and if you commit them you are definitely going to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. There are two categories in which these sexual cyber crimes are separated, and the separation is based primarily on the age of the victim in question, which is to say the minor that was solicited and was exposed over the internet by an adult that knew what they were doing.
If the minor in question is under fifteen years of age and the perpetrator of these sexual cyber crimes are at least seven years older than the victim, the punishment will be a minimum of five years in jail, and it can go up to thirty years based on the severity of the crime that has been committed. The punishment will be even more severe if there are more than one instances of the crime being committed with the same victim being harmed in multiple instances. In such cases, the perpetrator, if convicted, will be sentenced to a minimum of ten years in jail, and the sentence can extend to forty years if the crime is severe enough.
Things are different if the sexual cyber crime was committed against a minor that was older than fifteen but obviously still younger than eighteen. The punishment is a little more lenient, but still quite severe since the victim is still a child under the age of eighteen. In such cases, the perpetrator will be sentenced to a minimum of one years in jail, but the fact of the matter is that most judges sentence people to a lot more jail time since they know that such crimes deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Hence, the maximum sentence of thirty years is often given, unless the victim was not significantly older than the victim in question.
There are a lot of ways in which children are protected on the internet, which is a very good thing because these kids are very vulnerable in this cyber space where people can often assume they can do whatever they want since they are going to be protected by at least a certain level of privacy.
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