On 19 January 2017, Ranzenberger was sentenced in federal court to 14 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
Mostly child protection practitioners, including law enforcement agencies, who have to deal with child pornography agree that the expression “child pornography” does not adequately describe the nature of this despicable crime against children.
It is a misleading term because child pornography is not about “pornography” but, simply, the evidence of serious sexual assaults and abuse of children, including , as shocking as it sounds, the penetrative sexual assault of children as young as 6 months.
Uninformed commentators on the subject, including members of the judiciary, have failed to grasp an essential truth about child pornography: that it cannot be produced without a child being sexually abused and that its creation and distribution leads to the sexual abuse of more children to satisfy the demand for such pictures.