Police warn circulating/possessing of child pornography is illegal

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) warns the general public that a video depicting child pornography that is circulating on social media is against the law.

The police are asking persons to desist from sharing the video, in any format, digital or otherwise, as this constitutes an offence according to Section 12 of the Electronic Crimes Act of 2013, notwithstanding its origin.

The RGPF reminds persons that the Electronic Crimes Act of 2013, makes it clear that persons engaged in the sharing/forwarding or retention of such materials is committing an offence, which could result in them being prosecuted.

Electronic Crimes Act of 2013, Child pornography: Section 12.

(1) For the purposes of this section a “child” means a person who is under the age of eighteen years.

(2) A person shall not knowingly and without lawful justification or excuse–

(a) publish or transmit or cause to be published or transmitted material in an electronic form which depicts a child engaged in sexually explicit act or conduct;

(b) create text or digital images, collect, seek, browse, download, advertise, promote, exchange or distribute material in an electronic form depicting a child in obscene or indecent or sexually explicit manner;

(c) cultivate, entice or induce children to an online relationship with another child or an adult for a sexually explicit act or in a manner that may offend a reasonable adult on the electronic system;

(d) facilitate the abuse of a child online;

(e) record or own in an electronic form material which depicts the abuse of a child engaged in a sexually explicit act;

(f) procure and/or obtain child pornography through a computer system; or

(g) obtain access through information and communication technologies, to child pornography.

(4) A person who contravenes subsection (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or to both and in the event of second or subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding twenty years or to both.

Members of the public are asked to delete the video if received.

Office of Commissioner of Police

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