Brian Harris, 42, of Overland Park, Kansas used file sharing programs to trade child sexual abuse images of children being sexually assaulted by adults. He had over 60 movies on his computer when it was seized, including images of an 8-year-old girl being sexually assaulted by her grandfather and children younger than 3-years-old being anally raped.
At least hundreds of thousands of American children are being raped and tortured and digitally photographed and videotaped to produce these images and movies, and traders and users of this material have fueled the creation of over 6.5 million new images since 2003.
We also know from government studies that there is nearly a 1-to-1 correlation between using child pornography and having child victims. The average child pornography offender, in fact, according to a Department of Justice study, has three times the victims of a “normal” child molester.
Given those facts, are sentences of 10-12 years really enough to seriously start putting an end to this horror?