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Article - Criminal Law




§11–208.

    (a)    (1)    In this section, “indistinguishable from an actual and identifiable child” means an ordinary person would conclude that the image is of an actual and identifiable minor.

        (2)    “Indistinguishable from an actual and identifiable child” includes a computer–generated image that has been created, adapted, or modified to appear as an actual and identifiable child.

        (3)    “Indistinguishable from an actual and identifiable child” does not include images or items depicting minors that are:

            (i)    drawings;

            (ii)    cartoons;

            (iii)    sculptures; or

            (iv)    paintings.

    (b)    A person may not knowingly possess and intentionally retain a film, videotape, photograph, or other visual representation showing an actual child or a computer–generated image that is indistinguishable from an actual and identifiable child under the age of 16 years:

        (1)    engaged as a subject of sadomasochistic abuse;

        (2)    engaged in sexual conduct; or

        (3)    in a state of sexual excitement.

    (c)    (1)    Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $2,500 or both.

        (2)    A person who violates this section, having previously been convicted under this section, is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.

    (d)    Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit a parent from possessing visual representations of the parent’s own child in the nude unless the visual representations show the child engaged:

        (1)    as a subject of sadomasochistic abuse; or

        (2)    in sexual conduct and in a state of sexual excitement.

    (e)    It is an affirmative defense to a charge of violating this section that the person promptly and in good faith:

        (1)    took reasonable steps to destroy each visual representation; or

        (2)    reported the matter to a law enforcement agency.