My Road to Digital Forensics Excellence

Precedent: Paying restitution to the CP Victim

Posted by Paul Bobby on February 25, 2009

In an article posted by the Associated Press, the judge at the trial of Alan Hesketh ordered him to pay $200k to the victim protrayed in the CP images that Hesketh was charged with distributing. Hesketh did not take the images, nor was he the one  abusing of the victim, but the precedent is that as a distributor, he is causing the revictimization over and over.

I’m very cautious when it comes to CP cases – as the defendant is often tried in the community, the press and on television before ever heading to trial, resulting in guilty until proven innocent responses from people. Understandable of course due to the heinous nature of crimes against children. This is not the case – Hesketh is guilty, and jail time along with financial restitution is his punishment. The following quote from Heskeths’ attorney made me laugh “predicting it would lead to similar claims by other child pornography victims”. One can only hope so.

Deterrent? Doubtful, but it is a step in the right direction.


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