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Pursuing the Panderer: An Analysis of United States v. Williams

NCJ Number
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume: 19 Issue: 2 Dated: March-April 2010 Pages: 190-203
Patrick N. McGrain; Jennifer L. Moore
Date Published
March 2010
14 pages
This article examines the 2008, Supreme Court decision on the child pornography market and assessed the relative importance of the Court's stance on the sale of virtual child pornography.
In May 2008, the Supreme Court addressed whether the government can regulate the ownership and distribution of virtual child pornography. United States v. Williams marked the first time the Court directly addressed the concept of pandering virtual child pornography. This article examines the Court's decision in United States v. Williams and the relative importance of its holding. In United States v. Williams, the Supreme Court upheld an act of Congress targeting the business people behind the child pornography market. Restricting the sale of both real and virtual child pornography is essential to combat the various problems surrounding its existence, which include policing its creation and distribution on the Internet as well as the connection between child pornography and subsequent sexual offenses against children. Notes and references (Published Abstract)