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Germany Will Reduce Sentences For Possession of Child Pornography, Downgrade From Felony to Misdemeanor

Germany will downgrade the severity of punishment for individuals found guilty of possessing child pornography.

In a press release on Wednesday, the German Bundestag confirmed that it had passed legislation lowering the minimum sentences for distribution, acquisition, and possession of child pornographic content. The law will also downgrade it from a crime to a misdemeanor.

Reduxx reports:

Germany’s Parliament (Bundestag) has received the votes necessary to remove a section of the Criminal Code which made the possession of child sexual abuse materials a felony crime. Once the bill, passed last Thursday, comes into effect, minimum sentences for the possession of child pornography will be reduced, and the offense will be downgraded to a misdemeanor.

According to the Bundestag, the bill stipulates that “possession and acquisition should be punishable with a minimum penalty of three months’ imprisonment, and distribution with a minimum penalty of six months’ imprisonment, and distribution with a minimum penalty of six months’ imprisonment. The offenses regulated in Section 184b of the Criminal Code are therefore classified as misdemeanors and not as crimes.”

According to lawmakers, the change is require to provide “flexibility” for juvenile offenders found guilty of such offenses. The legislation states:

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