Hindman & Lanzon Hindman & Lanzon
Call for a Free Consultation
865-223-6450

Sexual Exploitation Archives

Evidence Sufficient for Solicitation of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Sexual exploitation of a minor is a relatively broad offense under Tennessee law which can include a variety of different conduct. It can be committed when a person eighteen years of age or older somehow causes a minor, or a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, to engage in sexual activity observed by the defendant or another person, or displays sexual activity to that minor. 'Sexual activity' itself has a broad definition under Tennessee statute, and can include various forms of sex or even just 'patently offense' or 'lascivious' exhibition. Soliciting such activity is a crime even if the conduct is not ultimately performed. In the recent Tennessee case of State v. Ritchie, E2013-01849-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 5-19-2014), the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed convictions for soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor where the defendant offered a child money to view the child in her underwear and without her bra.

Evidence Sufficient for Solicitation of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Sexual exploitation of a minor is a relatively broad offense under Tennessee law which can include a variety of different conduct. It can be committed when a person eighteen years of age or older somehow causes a minor, or a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, to engage in sexual activity observed by the defendant or another person, or displays sexual activity to that minor. 'Sexual activity' itself has a broad definition under Tennessee statute, and can include various forms of sex or even just 'patently offense' or 'lascivious' exhibition. Soliciting such activity is a crime even if the conduct is not ultimately performed. In the recent Tennessee case of State v. Ritchie, E2013-01849-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 5-19-2014), the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed convictions for soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor where the defendant offered a child money to view the child in her underwear and without her bra.

Evidence Sufficient for Solicitation of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Sexual exploitation of a minor is a relatively broad offense under Tennessee law which can include a variety of different conduct. It can be committed when a person eighteen years of age or older somehow causes a minor, or a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, to engage in sexual activity observed by the defendant or another person, or displays sexual activity to that minor. 'Sexual activity' itself has a broad definition under Tennessee statute, and can include various forms of sex or even just 'patently offense' or 'lascivious' exhibition. Soliciting such activity is a crime even if the conduct is not ultimately performed. In the recent Tennessee case of State v. Ritchie, E2013-01849-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 5-19-2014), the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed convictions for soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor where the defendant offered a child money to view the child in her underwear and without her bra.

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Conviction Affirmed

In Tennessee, the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor is committed by the knowing possession of child pornography. Generally the crime is a class D felony, which, for a standard offender, carries a range of punishment of two to four years. But if there are more than fifty images, it is a class C felony. And if there are more than one hundred images (or combination of images and materials), it is a class B felony, with a range of punishment for a standard offender of eight to twelve years. Distribution or production of child pornography are more serious offenses. In the recent case of State v. Sprunger, E2011-02579-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 4-5-2013), the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence of a defendant for the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Conviction Affirmed

In Tennessee, the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor is committed by the knowing possession of child pornography. Generally the crime is a class D felony, which, for a standard offender, carries a range of punishment of two to four years. But if there are more than fifty images, it is a class C felony. And if there are more than one hundred images (or combination of images and materials), it is a class B felony, with a range of punishment for a standard offender of eight to twelve years. Distribution or production of child pornography are more serious offenses. In the recent case of State v. Sprunger, E2011-02579-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 4-5-2013), the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence of a defendant for the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Conviction Affirmed

In Tennessee, the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor is committed by the knowing possession of child pornography. Generally the crime is a class D felony, which, for a standard offender, carries a range of punishment of two to four years. But if there are more than fifty images, it is a class C felony. And if there are more than one hundred images (or combination of images and materials), it is a class B felony, with a range of punishment for a standard offender of eight to twelve years. Distribution or production of child pornography are more serious offenses. In the recent case of State v. Sprunger, E2011-02579-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 4-5-2013), the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence of a defendant for the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor.

map map

Hindman & Lanzon
550 West Main Street
Suite 550
Knoxville, TN 37902

Toll Free: 866-383-1545
Phone: 865-223-6450
Fax: 865-521-6371
Knoxville Law Office Map