Child Pornography Charges Dismissed for CEO
Our team was recently retained when the CEO of a large corporation was accused of possessing child pornography. Apparently, Dropbox notified law enforcement of suspicious materials on our client’s IP address, which initiated a serious investigation. While the charge itself exposed the client to between 5 and 35 years in prison, the police wanted to search his work devices and files. This put his career in even more jeopardy with the Board of Directors because the company was involved with confidential government contracts.
Fortunately, we got involved early and handled all of the communications with the police. We presented information that showed our client was not the one who downloaded the materials and that nothing in his background suggested this was something he engaged in. We also successfully avoided the unnecessary search of his work files. Ultimately, by choosing to retain an experienced and capable lawyer as soon as possible, the investigation was closed out without formal charges ever being filed. This spared him from a mark on his criminal record, the need to explain the situation, and potentially devastating his professional reputation.
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