"Cheese Pizza": How Is It Related To The Child Porn Industry?

Police arrested a corrections officer at his home for receiving images of child sexual abuse. He admitted his crime after police searched his home.

According to police officers, the man posted on Craigslist that he was interested in women and moms "that were into Cheese Pizza" – a term used by criminals to refer to child pornography, using the same first letters as a code for the words - "c" for child and cheese and "p" for porn and pizza.

Police executed a search warrant on the man's email and found an email with five attachments of nude images of young girls. AP "After 'Cheese Pizza' Post, Officer Arrested For Child Porn," philadelphia.cbs.local.com (Oct. 23, 2017).

Commentary and Checklist

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reviews approximately 25 million images of child pornography every year - approximately 480,769 images per week.

Sex offenders can easily access child pornography because of the Internet. They have learned to use codes so as not to be easily detected. For example, the perpetrator in the source article used the term “cheese pizza,” to indicate that he wanted to connect with women who are into child pornography.

Child pornography is a federal crime. A child made to participate in making pornography is being abused, even if the child is never touched. These children are negatively affect for a long time and will require support and counseling to develop health relationships to sex, love, and trust.

What does the F.B.I. tell us about child pornography?

  • Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as "any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age)."
  • In addition to photographs, videos, or digital images of minors, child pornography also includes computer-generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor and images created, adapted, or modified that appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor.
  • Undeveloped film, undeveloped videotape, and electronically stored data that can be converted into a visual image of child pornography are also deemed illegal visual depictions under federal law.
  • The legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity. A picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive.
  • The age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.
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