Viewing of Child Porn Legal in New York

In 2009, a 65 year old former professor named named James Kent convicted on numerous counts of procuring and possession after images of child pornography were found on his computer. Some of the charges were later dismissed and he was sentenced to one to three years in prison. Meanwhile, the court was deciding “whether accessing and viewing something on the Internet is the same as possessing it, and whether possessing it means you had to procure it.” They decided accessing and viewing is not the same as possessing and that in order to possess something on the internet, you have to view it. Judge Victoria A. Graffeo wrote in one of two concurring opinions, ” the purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York. The charges against the professor were dropped.

I believe that this decision of allowing the viewing of child pornography is extremely unethical. Child pornography should be illegal, period. Under no circumstance is it okay to exploit the body of innocent children. Also, allowing people to view child porn is encouraging people to continue to make more child porn. People who make child porn are breaking the law, so how is it okay to view it?

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/08/11602955-viewing-child-porn-on-the-web-legal-in-new-york-state-appeals-court-finds?lite

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