|Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography|
“The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 were the first statutes to expressly make restitution mandatory for a few specified offenses, including sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and domestic violence. Section 2259, the “mandatory” restitution statute applicable to the offenses of conviction in this case, provides that “the court shall order restitution for any offense” in Chapter 110 of the United States Code titled “Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children.” 18 U.S.C. §§ 2259(a), (b)(4) (emphasis added).” (footnotes omitted).
As previously reported, In Tampa last year, 2009, the Government and Probation agreed that, in a possession of child pornography case, restitution for Vicky was not appropriate “because the harm to the victim was not proximately caused by the defendant.” That case is U.S. v. XXX, Case No. 8:09-cr-00189-T-27MAP. (Name omitted).