Client Family Involvement In Child Pornography Cases
Interviewer: How involved do you get with the individuals’ families? Some of them usually want to keep it private. Is it beneficial for them to have their family there for support?
Paul Cramm: I think it’s very important to have support. I think back to that young man who was in college. His parents were enormously supportive of him. It was such an embarrassing thing for him. It was so scary for the entire family when examining what federal sentencing guidelines would have in store for him. I don’t know that he would’ve come through as well as he did without the support of his parents.
The other individual I think of was in the process of divorce at the time these images were discovered. It was assumed that the ex-wife had made the report. He had very little family or social support. It was a very difficult time for him. We got remarkably favorable results, but I think by the time we got that favorable result, he was so mentally and emotionally exhausted that it was difficult for him to just lay back and bask in, “Wow, we really dodged the bullet here.” I don’t think he feels like he dodged a bullet. I think he feels like he ran a beltline for about 10 consecutive months before we were able to get things resolved. I really think that having some support system is just essential when you’re trying to navigate these kinds of cases.
Interviewer: What would you say is your most unique case?
Paul Cramm: Probably the case of the professional computer repair tech who had these images appear because of first, second, third generation save, back up, re-save, re-backup from God only knows what source computer upon which work was being done. That’s a very, very curious back pattern. It was very eye opening to see how innocently questionable images could find their way onto someone’s computer.
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