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Good morning. The answer is no as long as it was 13 years ago that it was last viewed by her husband. Viewing child pornography is a Class D felony, unless there are 50 or more images viewed, in which case, it can be bumped up to a Class C. A Class C or D felony charge must be brought within 4 years of the date of the offense...i.e., the date the person last viewed the material.

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Customer reply replied 28 days ago
Isn't this a Federal crime? There are no statutes on the Federal level, corrct?

As long as he wasn't distributing, the Fed. statute of limitations would be 5 years; if distributing, then 10 years, but he's outside of both of those.

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