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Child pornography is a horrific crime that has far-reaching impacts. Both victims and their families suffer long-term psychological and emotional trauma, and all of us are at risk when predators like Crisp are allowed to continue accessing and possessing such disturbing material.

On Thursday, the Justice Department announced that a man from Texas has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for his possession of over 35,000 child pornography files.

The man, identified as 27-year-old David William Crisp, was found to have uploaded a nine-minute video of an adult woman sexually abusing a toddler to his cloud storage account. This action alerted the government to his activity, and upon further investigation, they discovered more than 29,000 images and 6,500 videos of child pornography on multiple devices belonging to Crisp.

This sentence is an example of the government taking a stance against those who commit crimes involving child pornography. With advancements in technology and the internet, more and more children have become victims of exploitation, making it all the more important that perpetrators are held responsible for their actions.

At the same time, it’s essential that we work to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place. The best way to do this is by raising awareness of child exploitation and providing resources to families and communities to help protect children. All of us need to make sure that we are doing our part to fight against this heinous crime.

We also need to recognize that those viewing child pornography are just as complicit as those producing the materials. By viewing or downloading these materials, predators like Crisp are fueling the demand for more images, which leads to more victims being exploited. It is vital that both offenders and the people consuming these materials are held accountable.

The Justice Department’s decision to prosecute and sentence David William Crisp to more than 17 years in prison is a powerful display of their commitment to protecting children and bringing justice to the victims of this despicable crime. We must continue to fight for tougher laws and harsher punishments to send a strong message that criminals will be held accountable for their actions. Only then will society start to see a decrease in the number of child exploitation cases.