In Illinois, anyone who knowingly possesses any film, videotape, photograph or computer depiction of any child engaged in a sexual act, or in a “lewd exhibition of the unclothed or transparently clothed” private regions or partially or fully clothed female breast, is guilty of a Class 3 felony with a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum fine of $100,000.
What can you do? You should consult an attorney immediately. Swift action on your attorney’s part may prevent you from losing your job and may even lessen the risk of criminal charges being brought. An attorney can help you evaluate your defenses. Was the site truly indecent? The definition of obscenity can be somewhat vague. Maybe you were unaware that you were in possession of these materials. Perhaps someone with access to your computer had visited these locations. Even if you knowingly visited the site and it does look bad, however, you might really have a legitimate and believable reason for visiting there.