United States v. Kevin Dunn

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Mr. Dunn was charged with knowingly possessing and distributing child pornography.

Mr. Dunn, a citizen of the United Kingdom, was working as a crew member on a Carnival Cruise Line’s ship. When the ship arrived at the Port of Miami, law enforcement searched Mr. Dunn’s belongings after a tip from London, England that he was in possession of child pornography.

Thereafter, federal agents discovered hundreds of images of child pornography on Mr. Dunn’s laptop and upon arrest, he confessed to having downloaded and transmitted such images. However, questions arose about whether the government had jurisdiction to bring federal charges in the United States.

The Judge dismissed all criminal charges against Mr. Dunn.