[§707-752]  Promoting child abuse in the third degree.  (1)  A person commits the offense of promoting child abuse in the third degree if, knowing or having reason to know its character and content, the person possesses:

     (a)  Child pornography;

     (b)  Any book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, computer disk, electronically stored data, or any other material that contains an image of child pornography; or

     (c)  Any pornographic material that employs, uses, or otherwise contains a minor engaging in or assisting others to engage in sexual conduct.

     (2)  As used in this section:

     "Child pornography" means any pornographic visual representation, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of sexual conduct, if:

     (a)  The pornographic production of the visual representation involves the use of a minor engaging in sexual conduct; or

     (b)  The pornographic visual representation has been created, adapted, or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexual conduct.

     "Community standards" means the standards of the State.

     "Computer" shall have the same meaning as in section 708-890.

     "Lascivious" means tending to incite lust, to deprave the morals with respect to sexual relations, or to produce voluptuous or lewd emotions in the average person, applying contemporary community standards.

     "Material" means any printed matter, visual representation, or sound recording and includes, but is not limited to, books, magazines, motion picture films, pamphlets, newspapers, pictures, photographs, and tape or wire recordings.

     "Minor" means any person less than eighteen years old.

     "Pornographic" shall have the same meaning as in section 712-1210.

     "Sadomasochistic abuse" means flagellation or torture by or upon

     "Sexual conduct" means actual or simulated sexual intercourse, including genital-genital contact, oral-genital contact, anal-genital contact, or oral-anal contact, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex, masturbation, bestiality, sexual penetration, deviate sexual intercourse, sadomasochistic abuse, or lascivious exhibition of the genital or pubic area of a minor.

     "Visual representation" includes but is not limited to undeveloped film and videotape and data stored on computer disk or by electronic means that are capable of conversion into a visual image.

     (3)  The fact that a person engaged in the conduct specified by this section is prima facie evidence that the person engaged in that conduct with knowledge of the character and content of the material.  The fact that the person who was employed, used, or otherwise contained in the pornographic material was, at that time, a minor is prima facie evidence that the defendant knew the person to be a minor.

     (4)  Promoting child abuse in the third degree is a class C felony. [L 2002, c 200, pt of §1; am L 2016, c 16, §3]


COMMENTARY ON §§707-752 AND 707-753


  Act 16, Session Laws 2016, amended §707-752 by amending the definition of the term "sexual conduct" as that term is used in the Penal Code for the offense of promoting child abuse in the third degree.  The amendments made by Act 16 aligned the term, as used in state law, more closely with the terminology used in federal law by expanding the definition of "sexual conduct" to include specific types of conduct.  Act 16 also removed unnecessary and archaic language regarding sexual orientation.  House Standing Committee Report No. 1124-16.


Case Notes


  Based on all of the relevant circumstances--that TSA screeners saw photographs of nude and semi-nude children, at least one, if not two photos they saw contained child pornography, and there were additional photos that they were aware of--HCPD officers had an objectively reasonable belief that defendant had committed a violation of this section; in effect, probable cause to arrest defendant existed.  835 F. Supp. 2d 938 (2011).