Skip Navigation Links
      RS 14:81.1     

  

§81.1.  Pornography involving juveniles

A.(1)  It shall be unlawful for a person to produce, promote, advertise, distribute, possess, or possess with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles.

(2)  It shall also be a violation of the provision of this Section for a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child to consent to the participation of the child in pornography involving juveniles.

B.  For purposes of this Section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)  "Access software provider" means a provider of software, including client or server software, or enabling tools that do any one or more of the following:

(a)  Filter, screen, allow, or disallow content.

(b)  Select, choose, analyze, or digest content.

(c)  Transmit, receive, display, forward, cache, search, organize, reorganize, or translate content.

(2)  "Cable operator" means any person or group of persons who provides cable service over a cable system and directly, or through one or more affiliates, owns a significant interest in such cable system, or who otherwise controls or is responsible for, through any arrangement, the management and operation of such a cable system.

(3)  "Coerce" shall include but not be limited to any of the following:

(a)  Causing or threatening to cause serious bodily injury.

(b)  Physically restraining or threatening to physically restrain another person.

(c)  Abduction or threatened abduction of an individual.

(d)  The use of a plan, pattern, or statement with intent to cause an individual to believe that failure to perform an act will result in the use of force against, abduction of, serious harm to, or physical restraint of an individual.

(e)  The abuse or threatened abuse of law or legal process.

(f)  The actual or threatened destruction, concealment, removal, confiscation, or possession of any actual or purported passport or other immigration document, or any other actual or purported government identification document, of another person.

(g)  Controlling or threatening to control an individual's access to a controlled dangerous substance as set forth in R.S. 40:961 et seq.

(h)  The use of an individual's physical or mental impairment, where such impairment has substantial adverse effects on the individual's cognitive or volitional functions.

(i)  The use of debt bondage or civil or criminal fraud.

(j)  Extortion as defined in R.S. 14:66.

(4)  "Debt bondage" means inducing an individual to provide any of the following:

(a)  Commercial sexual activity in payment toward or satisfaction of a real or purported debt.

(b)  Labor or services in payment toward or satisfaction of a real or purported debt if either of the following occur:

(i)  The reasonable value of the labor or services provided is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt.

(ii)  The length of the labor or services is not limited and the nature of the labor or services is not defined.

(5)  "Distribute" means to issue, sell, give, provide, lend, mail, deliver, transfer, transmute, distribute, circulate, or disseminate by any means.

(6)  "Interactive computer service" means any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server, including a service or system that provides access to the Internet and such systems operated or services offered by libraries or educational institutions.

(7)  "Labor or services" mean activity having economic value.

(8)  "Pornography involving juveniles" is any photograph, videotape, film, or other reproduction, whether electronic or otherwise, of any sexual performance involving a child under the age of seventeen.

(9)  "Produce" means to photograph, videotape, film, or otherwise reproduce pornography involving juveniles, or to solicit, promote, or coerce any child for the purpose of pornography involving juveniles.

(10)  "Sexual performance" means any performance or part thereof that includes actual or simulated sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse, sexual bestiality, masturbation, sadomasochistic abuse, or lewd exhibition of the genitals or anus.

(11)  "Telecommunications service" means the offering of telecommunications for a fee directly to the public, regardless of the facilities used.

C.(1)  Possession of three or more of the same photographs, images, films, videotapes, or other visual reproductions shall be prima facie evidence of intent to sell or distribute.

(2)  Possession of three or more photographs, images, films, videotapes, or other visual reproductions and possession of any type of file sharing technology or software shall be prima facie evidence of intent to sell or distribute.

D.(1)  Lack of knowledge of the juvenile's age shall not be a defense.

(2)  It shall not be a defense to prosecution for a violation of this Section that the juvenile consented to participation in the activity prohibited by this Section.

E.(1)(a)  Whoever intentionally possesses pornography involving juveniles shall be fined not more than fifty thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than five years or more than twenty years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(b)  On a second or subsequent conviction for the intentional possession of  pornography involving juveniles, the offender shall be fined not more than seventy-five thousand dollars and imprisoned at hard labor for not more than forty years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(2)(a)  Whoever distributes or possesses with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles shall be fined not more than fifty thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than five years or more than twenty years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(b)  On a second or subsequent conviction for distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles, the offender shall be fined not more than seventy-five thousand dollars and imprisoned at hard labor for not more than forty years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(3)  Any parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child who consents to the participation of the child in pornography involving juveniles shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars and be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than five years or more than twenty years, without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

(4)  Whoever engages in the promotion, advertisement, or production of pornography involving juveniles shall be fined not more than fifteen thousand dollars and be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years or more than twenty years, without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

(5)(a)  Whoever commits the crime of pornography involving juveniles punishable by the provisions of Paragraphs (1), (2), or (3) of this Subsection when the victim is under the age of thirteen years and the offender is seventeen years of age or older shall be punished by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than one-half the longest term nor more than twice the longest term of imprisonment provided in Paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this Subsection.  The sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(b)  Whoever commits the crime of pornography involving juveniles punishable by the provisions of Paragraph (4) of this Subsection when the victim is under the age of thirteen years, and the offender is seventeen years of age or older, shall be punished by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than twenty-five years nor more than ninety-nine years.  At least twenty-five years of the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(c)  In addition, the court shall order that the personal property used in the commission of the offense shall be seized and impounded, and after conviction, sold at public sale or public auction by the district attorney in accordance with R.S. 15:539.1.

(d)  The personal property made subject to seizure and sale pursuant to Subparagraph (c) of this Paragraph may include, but shall not be limited to, electronic communication devices, computers, computer related equipment, motor vehicles, photographic equipment used to record or create still or moving visual images of the victim that are recorded on paper, film, video tape, disc, or any other type of digital recording media.

(e)  Upon completion of the term of imprisonment imposed in accordance with Subparagraphs (5)(a) and (5)(b) of this Subsection, the offender shall be monitored by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections through the use of electronic monitoring equipment for the remainder of his natural life.

(f)  Unless it is determined by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, pursuant to rules adopted in accordance with the provisions of this Subsection, that a sexual offender is unable to pay all or any portion of such costs, each sexual offender to be electronically monitored shall pay the cost of such monitoring.

(g)  The costs attributable to the electronic monitoring of an offender who has been determined unable to pay shall be borne by the department if, and only to the degree that sufficient funds are made available for such purpose whether by appropriation of state funds or from any other source.

(h)  The Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall develop, adopt, and promulgate rules in the manner provided in the Administrative Procedure Act, that provide for the payment of such costs.  Such rules shall contain specific guidelines which shall be used to determine the ability of the offender to pay the required costs and shall establish the reasonable costs to be charged.  Such rules may provide for a sliding scale of payment so that an offender who is able to pay a portion, but not all, of such costs may be required to pay such portion.

F.(1)  Any evidence of pornography involving a child under the age of seventeen shall be contraband.  Such contraband shall be seized in accordance with law and shall be disposed of in accordance with R.S. 46:1845.

(2)  Upon the filing of any information or indictment by the prosecuting authority for a violation of this Section, the investigating law enforcement agency which seized the photographs, films, videotapes, or other visual reproductions of pornography involving juveniles shall provide copies of those reproductions to the Internet crimes against children division within the attorney general's office.

(3)  Upon receipt of the reproductions as provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, the Internet crimes against children division shall:

(a)  Provide those visual reproductions to the law enforcement agency representative assigned to the Child Victim Identification Program at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

(b)  Request the Child Victim Identification Program provide the law enforcement agency contact information for any visual reproductions recovered which contain an identified victim of pornography involving juveniles as defined in this Section.

(c)  Provide case information to the Child Victim Identification Program, as requested by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children guidelines, in any case where the Internet crimes against children division within the attorney general's office identifies a previously unidentified victim of pornography involving juveniles.

(4)  The Internet crimes against children division shall submit to the designated prosecutor the law enforcement agency contact information provided by the Child Victim Identification Program at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, for any visual reproductions involved in the case which contain the depiction of an identified victim of pornography involving juveniles as defined in this Section.

(5)  In all cases in which the prosecuting authority has filed an indictment or information for a violation of this Section and the victim of pornography involving juveniles has been identified and is a resident of this state, the prosecuting agency shall submit all of the following information to the attorney general for entry into the Louisiana Attorney General's Exploited Children's Identification database maintained by that office:

(a)  The parish, district, and docket number of the case.

(b)  The name, race, sex, and date of birth of the defendant.

(c)  The identity of the victim.

(d)  The contact information for the law enforcement agency which identified a victim of pornography involving juveniles, including contact information maintained by the Child Victim Identification Program and provided to the Internet crimes against children division in accordance with this Section.

(6)  No sentence, plea, conviction, or other final disposition shall be invalidated due to failure to comply with the provisions of this Subsection, and no person shall have a cause of action against the investigating law enforcement agency  or any prosecuting authority, or officer or agent thereof for failure to comply with the provisions of this Subsection.

G.  In prosecutions for violations of this Section, the trier of fact may determine, utilizing the following factors, whether or not the person displayed or depicted in any photograph, videotape, film, or other video reproduction introduced in evidence was under the age of seventeen years at the time of filming or recording:

(1)  The general body growth, bone structure, and bone development of the person.

(2)  The development of pubic or body hair on the person.

(3)  The development of the person's sexual organs.

(4)  The context in which the person is placed or the age attributed to the person in any accompanying video, printed, or text material.

(5)  Available expert testimony and opinion as to the chronological age or degree of physical or mental maturity or development of the person.

(6)  Such other information, factors, and evidence available to the trier of fact which the court determines is probative and reasonably reliable.

H.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a provider of an interactive computer service, provider of a telecommunications service, or a cable operator as defined by the provisions of this Section.

Added by Acts 1977, No. 97, §1.  Amended by Acts 1981, No. 502, §1, eff. July 19, 1981, Acts 1983, No. 655, §1; Acts 1986, No. 777, §1; Acts 1992, No. 305, §1; Acts 2003, No. 1245, §1; Acts 2006, No. 103, §1; Acts 2008, No. 33, §1; Acts 2009, No. 382, §2; Acts 2010, No. 516, §1; Acts 2010, No. 763, §1; Acts 2012, No. 446, §1; Acts 2014, No. 564, §1.



If you experience any technical difficulties navigating this website, click here to contact the webmaster.
P.O. Box 94062 (900 North Third Street) Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9062