Child pornography and the issue of restitution

By Ashley McNamee

November 13, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:58 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Across the United States, four victims of have sought damages from those convicted of possessing images of them.

The attorneys at Cusack, Gilfillan & O'Day represent the fourth victim. She was abused and photographed by her father in central Illinois for years.

The disagreement is whether the Mandatory Restitution section of the Violence Against Women's Act supports restitution for possession of child pornography.

The issue is being decided differently by circuit courts across the country and as a result may be headed to the Supreme Court.

These lawyers say they will continue to seek money for their client because she deserves it.

"You could have the vice president of a large corporation convicted and that's where the restitution comes in," said Attorney Dan Cusack. "Every time there is a prosecution of anyone who has seen her images, we're notified. We have set up a system where we enter that court and we send off our damage package."

Over the last year and a half, they've requested more than 250 people pay their client $1 million if they're convicted of possessing her picture.

Tuesday night on News 25 Nightside, for the first time, one of the four victims seeking restitution speaks out about why she feels it is important to make those who exploit her pay.

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