Prosecutors are able to prove a case for downloading child pornography in a variety of ways. There can be witnesses to it, or the electronic evidence itself can be embedded in the image or the pornography that was alleged to have been downloaded. There’s something called metadata that’s present in all electronic files. And that metadata can tell a skilled person what was downloaded, when it was downloaded, how was it downloaded, how often was it accessed, where was it kept, was it deleted. There’s a wealth of information that’s contained in the metadata of these electronic files. Therefore, the presence of it itself may not prove anything, but the metadata that is contained within it might provide the means for the prosecution to prove their case.

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