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Teen Faces Child Pornography Charges for Taking Racy Photo of Herself

Posted by on Jul. 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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Teen Faces Child Pornography Charges for Taking Racy Photo of Herself

by Ericka Sóuter

teenIf you are enraged by just the thought of child pornography, you are not alone. That someone would exploit a minor is beyond sickening. I am sure many would agree, if an adult took a pornographic photo of a teen, he or she deserves the harshest of sentences. But would you think the same thing if a teen took an explicit photo of herself? Is it still a crime? Apparently so.

A 15-year-old Florida girl was arrested on a felony child pornography charge after she allegedly showed classmates an iPhone photo of her and another student having oral sex. A charge she admitted to, according to the police report.

What she had done came to light after a school employee seized the phone during class. In the investigation that followed, five witnesses said they had been shown the image. It's a serious charge, indeed. And the fact that she took the photo herself hasn't softened the severity of the crime as far as the police are concerned. If found guilty, this girl could be in serious trouble and possibly end up behind bars.

But because she took the image herself, many people are wondering if this is really fair? It's a tough question, namely because there was another kid involved. But perhaps it's necessary to throw the book at her to teach an invaluable lesson. Kids are so careless with images they pass around. This is not okay behavior. That said, I still don't think she should get jail time or be permanently labeled as a sex offender. Unfortunately, her own attitude about the issue hasn't earned her much sympathy. After her phone was taken, she tweeted a friend the following: "the school took my phone, long story and im in Ireland lmaoooooo." (Insert eye-roll emoticon here)

Do you think charging this teen is fair?

Should she go to jail?

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atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Teens have got to learn some things are not acceptable or this will get so out of hand. She doesn't have remorse and would probably do it again.
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luckysevenwow
by Platinum Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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I think there are somethings that the police just need to stay out of and let the parents deal with. Of course she and the other kid did a stupid thing. That's not even the point, what's wrong is that we are so hell bent as a society to right all the evils in the world that we no longer allow parents to parent, and allow the law to make decisions that sometimes can ruin a young persons life. 

atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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Parents don't parent. Many don't. That is the issue.


Quoting luckysevenwow:

I think there are somethings that the police just need to stay out of and let the parents deal with. Of course she and the other kid did a stupid thing. That's not even the point, what's wrong is that we are so hell bent as a society to right all the evils in the world that we no longer allow parents to parent, and allow the law to make decisions that sometimes can ruin a young persons life. 


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luckysevenwow
by Platinum Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

True, I completely agree, but I do and I don't want the law telling me how to parent because other parents don't.

Quoting atlmom2:

Parents don't parent. Many don't. That is the issue.


Quoting luckysevenwow:

I think there are somethings that the police just need to stay out of and let the parents deal with. Of course she and the other kid did a stupid thing. That's not even the point, what's wrong is that we are so hell bent as a society to right all the evils in the world that we no longer allow parents to parent, and allow the law to make decisions that sometimes can ruin a young persons life. 



atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM
We have to have laws and child pornography is one and things are getting worse, not better.
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Maverick1957
by Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I agree that SOME consequence should be administered, but jail time?  Maybe only a night or two just to give her a taste of what COULD come. Maybe make her write essays, comm. svc.  I'd have to think about it more...

Linagma03
by Member on Jul. 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Since there was another teen in the pic and she showed it to others she in essence was distributing child pornography, in that case she can be considered a sex offender. I guess if it had just been her then the charge really could be the same but the sex offender portion might not apply. 

Should she go to jail? Probably not. She should go into one of the treatement programs available for teens that are considered sex offenders.  

This is a really hard thing to decide on.

GleekingOut
by Silver Member on Jul. 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM

I really don't agree with these charges. I think if they are two teenagers - from ages 14 to 18, the same age, both consenting to the picture, both neurotypical kids, then there should be no charges. However, if it is a under 14, or there's more than a year's age difference between them; or one of them has disabilities, or cannot comprehend the situation, then yes there should be charges. There are too many kids being labled as sex offenders for a stupid decision that they made. My eldest claims to have never sexted, and I trust her in that claim because I know she is not at all confident in her sexuality or sexual behaviour. That said, I looked out for warning signs, told her the laws and told her that legally - she was on her own if she ever did anything. And as far as I know - she's never done anything like that. I'm not dumb, I know she flirts via text, but she knows that boys will never keep it to themselves if they get a girl to do something like that. She wants her body to stay private.

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