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About indecent images of children

The viewing and making of indecent images causes real harm to real children. It is far from a victimless crime.

We have a dedicated team to tackle people who use the Internet to seek to sexually abuse children.

This includes those involved in the distribution and possession of indecent images of children.

Viewing sexual images of anyone under the age of 18 is a crime. We will prosecute those who commit this offence.

The consequences for this offence are severe. They could include a prison sentence and being placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Being caught viewing indecent images of children may also affect your relationship, your access to children, and your job.

The children in the pictures are real children, who suffer real harm.

This is child abuse, and it will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire.

What are indecent images of children?

‘Indecent images of children’ is the legal term for a sexual image of anyone aged under 18.

This includes:

  • Nude or partially clothed children
  • Children sexually posing
  • Self-generated sexual images by children (selfies)
  • Images depicting children engaging in sexual activity

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