Most Common Internet Sex Crimes

May 12, 2020

Most Common Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes are a serious offense in Pennsylvania. Under both state and federal laws, there are a variety of acts that occur on the internet that can land you in serious legal trouble–especially if minors are involved. Take a look at the most common internet sex crimes committed.

Sexting – Internet Sex Crimes

Sexting becomes a complicated issue–even if the individuals participating are both adults or both minors. While sexting is less serious than child pornography, if one of the individuals is a minor, it can be classified as child pornography. 

In addition, a sexting offense can bring in the added element of obscenity which can increase punishment. Whether you are on the sending or receiving end of a sext, it’s important to know there are legal consequences.


Sexual extortion, also known as sextortion, occurs when “a person abuses their power or authority to coerce sexual acts, images, or videos from a victim.”

Such an example of sextortion includes teachers offering better grades in exchange for sexting with students and threatening failing grades if the student does not participate. Acts like this can make you register as a sex offender and even spend time behind bars, not to mention end your future employment opportunities.


In the social media age, it’s so easy to pretend to be someone you are not. But when you pose as someone else and request sexually explicit images of another, you can find yourself in major legal trouble.

A common spin on catfishing is collecting images of someone and using those sexual images as blackmail for something in return. Not only is this illegal, but when the individuals involved are minors, you have added criminal offenses to deal with, including potential felony charges.

Sex Trafficking

You can buy just about anything on the internet–including sex. However, many of those websites claiming for a one-time event end up being hubs for sex trafficking. And finding yourself involved in a sex trafficking ring is damaging to your future. You can be charged with a first-degree felony if found guilty.

Child Pornography

Child pornography is often the most serious of internet sex crimes committed. Due to the nature of the crimes, the FBI often thoroughly investigates these high profile cases. If found guilty, you could be spending years behind bars.

Internet Sex Crimes Can Ruin Your Reputation and Your Life. Don’t Go It Alone.

There are a variety of defenses available to those who have been charged with internet sex crimes, including entrapment, someone using your computer without your knowledge, etc.

While you may be frightened if found guilty, know there are ways our attorneys can minimize your charges. This includes treatment for addiction or psychological disorders. 

Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano knows how stressful and unsettling these accusations can be. Let us help you. Contact our sex crimes lawyers now to represent you.

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