“It quickly gets into a legal gray area, like parents taking photos of their kids, so prosecutors have been reluctant to use it as a tool,” he said. From what I’ve seen, there’s too much gray area there in terms of persuading a jury that the photographs actually constitute child pornography.” But he said that the “financial piece” — the fact that Webe Web charged customers a month to subscribe to each girl’s Web site — may help the prosecution overcome that obstacle.
“That’s one of the things that is more persuasive to juries, a sense of exploitation of these girls,” he said.
No nudity, but ‘sexually suggestive poses’ “There are no semi-nude or nude images,” she said.
“The children are dressed in underwear, adult lingerie, high heels, etc., and placed in sexually suggestive poses which focus the viewer's attention on the genital or pubic area.
Some are posed with facial expressions and in positions that suggest a willingness to engage in sexual activity.” If convicted of all charges, Greenberg and Libman could be sent to prison for up to 20 years and fined up to 0,000 for each count.
They also face forfeiture of all proceeds from the Web sites.
Both men were arrested Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale and are due to be arraigned on Friday.
Photographer Jeff Pierson of Brookwood, Ala., also was charged with two counts of using a computer to “transport child pornography in interstate commerce” from January 2003 through 2004.
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and its principals, Marc Evan Greenberg and Jeffrey Robert Libman, with 80 counts of conspiracy and interstate trafficking of the images of teen and preteen girls on dozens of Web sites operated by the company.Martin said investigators were continuing to try to identify other photographers who worked for the company.Webe Web first drew scrutiny in 2001, when NBC's Miami affiliate, WTVJ, reported that the company was operating a handful of Web sites featuring young girls wearing bathing suits and other skimpy outfits and charging “members” to view additional photos.I’m really looking forward to getting my work published on your blog. art, books, frigidity and furniture - preteen gallery is not a space - - preteen gallery is a state of mind - proud to operate in manic-depressive psychosis! we are delighted to let you knowthat we're relocating and openingwhere? The filing of criminal charges against Webe Web is at least the second federal criminal case brought against operators of Web sites featuring minors in provocative poses.Two Utah men, Matthew Duhamel and Charles Granere, are facing federal child pornography charges for a child modeling site that featured minors in lingerie. But Frederick Lane, a lawyer who specializes in Internet issues and author of "Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age," said it is an open question whether the hardball legal tactic will prove effective.“It was really hard.” Once they left, the woman said she “went straight to the FBI” in Birmingham and told them what Pierson had done.Authorities seek other photographers It is not known how many children Pierson photographed for Webe Web, but Martin said he was responsible for about 30 percent of the photos on the 60 or so sites that the company hosted from the Netherlands and has told prosecutors that the company paid him 0,000 for his work.But on the second visit, she said, Pierson kept her out of the studio, asking her to remain in an adjacent room where she could see him but not her daughter. The woman said she sat chatting with the photographer and his wife during the daylong shoot and had no inkling what was going on until she walked into the studio when Pierson had left the room for a moment and saw her daughter wearing only a thong and a halter top.“That feeling is a feeling I don’t wish on anybody,” she said.