A man caught with pornographic images of a girl being sexually abused by her uncle has been ordered to pay restitution of nearly $50,000 to the victim, although the defendant has never met the uncle or the girl. A New York federal judge decided that a mere "consumer" of child pornography is culpable to some degree for sex abuse victims' emotional and psychological damage under 18 U.S.C. §2259(b)(1), which allows awarding compensation for the "care required to address the long term effects of their [victims'] abuse."
Online Viewer of Child Pornography Ordered to Pay Restitution to the Victim
New York Law Journal
August 11, 2010