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Possession of Child Pornography in Wisconsin

It’s a serious matter everywhere, and here is no exception. Possession of child pornography is a very extreme charge in the state of Wisconsin. If you’re found guilty of this crime, you could be looking at harsh punishments which include fines, jail time, and registry on the sex offenders list. 

In essence, this is a crime that you want to avoid.

But what exactly is considered to be possession of child pornography in Wisconsin? Let’s get into it.

What is Considered to Be Child Pornography in Wisconsin?

Child pornography essentially includes of any piece of media which contains sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18. Sexually explicit, in this case, involves everything from beastiality, to sexual intercourse, to exposed intimate body parts, to masturbation, to sexual masochism, sadism, and bondage.

In essence, any image which contains a minor individual, and which is designed to give sexual gratification to its viewer is considered child pornography. It doesn’t matter whether the child in the media is 7 or 17.


While many think of child pornography as something being produced in a dark basement with children who are being forced into it against their will, there is much more to it than that.

With the existence of Snapchat and text, sexting has become a very popular practice. This practice has caused a handful of minors to produce sexually explicit videos of themselves performing and engaging in sexual acts. To put it simply, this material is child pornography.

Anyone who is in possession of this material, whether it be in hard copy, on a phone, or on a computer, is technically guilty of child pornography possession.

If you were sent sexually explicit videos of a minor without your permission, it is your responsibility to notify the authorities. Failure to do so will lump you in with other guilty parties.


Perhaps the more common form of child pornography is the photograph. Sexting and internet forums have created an atmosphere where the production of these images is commonplace.

If you’re caught with an image of a child engaged in sexually explicit activity, you will be charged with possession of child pornography.

Again, if you come across images such as these, your best bet is to report them. Having them saved on your phone or computer will incriminate you regardless of whether you look at the photos or not.

Penalties for Possession of Child Pornography in Wisconsin

Regardless of what your age is, possession of child pornography is a crime in the state of Wisconsin. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 45.

However, there is some differentiation in punishment based on your age.

Adults who are found guilty of child pornography possession will receive a class D felony. This is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and by fines of up to $100,000. In addition, the guilty party will be forced to appear on the sex offender registry.

Minors who are guilty of possession of child pornography will receive a class I felony. This is punishable by up to 3 years and 6 months in prison, and by fines of up to $10,000. Minors may also appear on the sex offender registry.

Charged With Possession of Child Pornography in Wisconsin?

Not everyone who’s charged with possession of child pornography is actually guilty of possession. It is possible for lewd images and videos to make their way into your legal possession without your knowledge.

Nonetheless, child pornography charges are serious charges and are not something which are always easy to beat. If you want to stand the absolute best chance in court, you’re going to need a top-notch legal defense.

Where can you find that legal defense? Right here with Hartley Pecora.

Contact us today for a free consultation!