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Federal Charges Filed Against New Zealand Man

by | Jan 14, 2019 | Sex crimes

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In a bizarre case, state authorities have withdrawn the charge of a New Zealand man with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit rape for the federal filing of charges for production of child pornography and “coercion and enticement” of a minor after Troy George Skinner, 30, from New Zealand flew across the world and was shot after trying to break into the home of a fourteen year old girl. In June, Skinner was shot and wounded in the neck by the girl’s mother when he attempted to break into their home in Goochland County.

Skinner traveled uninvited to the girl’s home when he appeared at their back door and attempted to break into the home with a brick. The girl’s mother shot twice at Skinner, striking him once in the neck. He was found in possession of duct tape, pepper spray, and a knife purchased from the local Walmart that day. Apparently, Skinner and the girl met on a gaming internet application in January of this year. The federal charges for the production of child pornography range in dates from January to June of this year but the affidavit submitted in support of these charges has been sealed by the court.

Federal Production of Child Pornography

Federal law makes it a crime to possess, produce, distribute, or sell pornographic materials that portray a minor under the age of eighteen years old. This includes pictures or other materials in physical copy, on a computer, or transmitted digitally in any type. The penalties for even first time offenders of the production of child pornography are incredibly serious, including thousands of dollars in fines and a prison sentence between fifteen and thirty years. This is in addition to registration as a lifetime sex offender, loss of voting rights, loss of gun ownership rights, and significant limitations to where you can live, work, and visit for the rest of your life.

Because of the permanent, life-changing ramifications of a federal child pornography charge, it is incredibly important that you speak to an expert federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can protect your rights and resolve any misunderstandings about the situation with prosecutors. If the charges persist, a lawyer can build the best possible defense for your case and if necessary, defend your interests in federal court. You need a lawyer that has experience at the federal level and understands the differences between how a state and federal case is run. Our office has years of combined experience defending clients at the federal level and will zealously represent you against any federal charges of the production of child pornography.

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If you have been accused of the production of child pornography you need a criminal defense attorney by your side as soon as possible. Call the office or contact us today at Del Rio Law if you have been charged with federal crimes for the production of child pornography in the Richmond area.