Child Pornography Link To Abuse of Children Unclear

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Internet and child pornography

If someone downloads child pornography onto their computer, is that an indication they're a pedophile, or might become one in the future?

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That question is gaining the attention of forensic psychiatrists as never before, thanks to recent legislation making possession of Internet child pornography a federal crime constituting an unlawful transmission of information across state lines.

"A large number of cases are going to court and attorneys are calling us, wanting to know what is the reason this person has child porn on their computer," said Dr. Humberto Temporini, a forensic psychiatrist at UC Davis Health System. The answer is often unclear

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