One of the most devastating aspects of Florida cybercrime charges is the instant damage it causes to the personal and professional lives of the accused. Two men in Hamburg, New York, and Sioux City, Nebraska, recently discovered these consequences.
New York State Police arrested Joshua Haskell, 39, on September 14. They charged him with two felony counts of “promoting a sexual performance by a child,” as well as two felony counts of possessing video of said performance. The U.S. Homeland Security Department became involved with the investigation, combing through thousands of videos they believe depict underage children. Evidence also indicates Haskell stole intimate garments from clients’ homes while working as a contractor.
In Carroll, Nebraska, Ted Perry faces 18 felony counts of child pornography possession, as well as 10 felony counts of distributing this content. According to the Wayne County attorney’s office, authorities arrested Perry on September 9 after Microsoft reported lewd images Perry allegedly sent from his Hotmail account to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Whether guilty of these crimes or not, Haskell and Perry are likely experiencing the instant “pariah” status suspects of child pornography possession or distribution receive. Communities often react strongly to such charges for several reasons:
• Misplaced trust. Neighbors, friends, or acquaintances feel as though their relationship with the suspect reflects a poor judge of character.
• Fear for children. Although many individuals possessing child pornography have never harmed a child directly, parents in the vicinity may worry for their children’s safety.
• Assumption of guilt. The concept of “innocent until proven guilty,” seldom applies to cybercrime suspects in the court of public opinion.
As a current Florida cybercrime suspect, you may have received strong negative reactions from those you considered friends. At this difficult time, the team at Seltzer Mayberg, LLC
can help you demonstrate your innocence and reclaim your freedom and your life. Contact us today at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) to set up a free consultation to strategize your defense.