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Some are posed with facial expressions and in positions that suggest a willingness to engage in sexual activity.” If convicted of all charges, Greenberg and Libman could be sent to prison for up to 20 years and fined up to 0,000 for each count.
They also face forfeiture of all proceeds from the Web sites.
“It quickly gets into a legal gray area, like parents taking photos of their kids, so prosecutors have been reluctant to use it as a tool,” he said. From what I’ve seen, there’s too much gray area there in terms of persuading a jury that the photographs actually constitute child pornography.” But he said that the “financial piece” — the fact that Webe Web charged customers a month to subscribe to each girl’s Web site — may help the prosecution overcome that obstacle.
“That’s one of the things that is more persuasive to juries, a sense of exploitation of these girls,” he said.
Webe Web representatives defended the business model, denying the sites were aimed at pedophiles, but the controversy snowballed, and soon the company was featured in unflattering spots on national news programs like “Dateline NBC” and “Oprah.” The sites also attracted the attention of Rep.
Mark Foley, R-Fla., who in 2002 introduced a bill called the Child Modeling Exploitation Prevention Act to attempt to tighten restrictions on the sale of photographs of minors.
Foley resigned from Congress in September after it was reported that he exchanged inappropriate e-mails with a teenage page.
Phone calls to the company offices and the homes of Libman and Greenberg were not answered.
interviewed the woman whose complaint triggered the investigation of Pierson and Webe Web, who agreed to talk on the condition that neither she nor her daughter be identified.
He said he knows of two girls who started out as teen “models” on such Web sites that graduated into adult pornography after they turned 18. The damage isn’t exclusive to the children, said the woman who told authorities about Pierson.
“It’s not just that she’s feeling embarrassment and feeling used. She said she remains wracked with guilt because she didn’t sense that she was putting her daughter at risk until it was too late.