Connecticut law outlines three different elements that must be true about a defendant before the jury finds him or her guilty of possessing child pornography. The state must first prove that the person actually possessed images that qualify as child pornography. The definition of child pornography for these purposes is any videotape, film, photograph, picture or computer-generated image produced in any manner that depicts sexually explicit conduct with a child under the age of 16. This includes any type of intercourse, bestiality, masochistic or sadistic abuse, masturbation or exhibition of the pubic area or genitals of any person in a lascivious manner.
For someone to be convicted under this law, the child depicted in the image must be a real person, which means that artistic depictions of fictional characters do not count as child pornography. It must also be proven that the defendant had physical possession or other control over the image.