Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 573
Pornography and Related Offenses
Section 573.030

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Promoting obscenity in the second degree--penalties.

573.030. 1. A person commits the offense of promoting pornography for minors or obscenity in the second degree if, knowing of its content and character, he or she:

(1) Promotes or possesses with the purpose to promote any obscene material for pecuniary gain; or

(2) Produces, presents, directs or participates in any obscene performance for pecuniary gain; or

(3) Promotes or possesses with the purpose to promote any material pornographic for minors for pecuniary gain; or

(4) Produces, presents, directs or participates in any performance pornographic for minors for pecuniary gain; or

(5) Promotes, possesses with the purpose to promote, produces, presents, directs or participates in any performance that is pornographic for minors via computer, electronic transfer, internet or computer network if the person made the matter available to a specific individual known by the defendant to be a minor.

2. The offense of promoting pornography for minors or obscenity in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor unless the person has been found guilty of an offense pursuant to this section committed at a different time, in which case it is a class E felony.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1987 H.B. 113, et al., A.L. 2000 S.B. 757 & 602, A.L. 2009 H.B. 62, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

Until December 31, 2016--Promoting obscenity in the second degree.

573.030. 1. A person commits the crime of promoting pornography for minors or obscenity in the second degree if he or she:

(1) Promotes or possesses with the purpose to promote any obscene material for pecuniary gain; or

(2) Produces, presents, directs or participates in any obscene performance for pecuniary gain; or

(3) Promotes or possesses with the purpose to promote any material pornographic for minors for pecuniary gain; or

(4) Produces, presents, directs or participates in any performance pornographic for minors for pecuniary gain; or

(5) Promotes, possesses with the purpose to promote, produces, presents, directs or participates in any performance that is pornographic for minors via computer, electronic transfer, internet or computer network if the person made the matter available to a specific individual known by the defendant to be a minor.

2. Promoting pornography for minors or obscenity in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor unless the person has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of an offense pursuant to this section committed at a different time, in which case it is a class D felony.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1987 H.B. 113, et al., A.L. 2000 S.B. 757 & 602, A.L. 2009 H.B. 62)

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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