Don't give anyone a pass on this. Child pornography consists of images of real children being subjected to real sexual abuse. If a person is in possession of child pornography, they are considered guilty of the abuse of the children pictured, as if they had been the abuser themselves. It is their sick appetite for child porn that creates the market for this horror.

The abused children in this case may now be safe (lets hope so, but that is unknown) but they remain victims of the sexual abuse pictured, which as most of us know, will haunt them the rest of their lives.

See the Department of Justice website: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/ceos/subjectareas/childporn.html