Pennsylvania Girl, 15, Faces Child Porn Charges After 'Sexting'

Bjarki

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CLEARFIELD, Pa. — A 15-year-old girl from central Pennsylvania faces child pornography charges after police say she sent nude pictures of herself over the Internet.
Clearfield County District Attorney William Shaw says the girl has been charged as a juvenile with possessing, distributing and creating child pornography.


The girl is living with her mother. Authorities say the girl sent the pictures after communicating in June 2007 with a 27-year-old man over the MySpace networking Web site.


The practice has been called "sexting" for the prevalence of teens to transmit images via a cell phone.


Shaw says the man has also been charged with unlawful sexual activity. State police found the images on the man's computer.

Hmmm. I'm starting to think we're taking the pedophile-hunt a little too serious. :rolleyes:
 
#2
I'm sorry I understand the issue of tryin to protect kids. The fact that it's to a 27 year old male makes it a little different, but isn't the reason why child pornography illegal because the kids "don't know better" yet you're going to punish them? Thats ridiculous, stuff like this, and the high school boys who got in trouble for having nude pics of their gf's. Are you kidding me? I know I woulda been charged in high school if I was in high school now. Just ridiculous.
 
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Pugz

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It's not really one of those 'kids don't know better', she's 15 and should know better but i agree she shouldn't be punished to such an extent.
 

Stab-o-Matic5000

Cutting Edge in Murder
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So how come MySpace is getting off clean as a whistle here? They did, after all, distribute a pornographic image of a minor. Frankly, in my opinion, they should be working harder to make sure this kind of shit doesn't happen on their website.
 

ysabel

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I have read that US has the strictest laws when it comes to child pornography. Perhaps this is an example it. I can see how a minor who willingly makes and distributes naked pictures of him/herself contributes to making the crime happen. But I'm just not sure if charging like this is the way to prevent it instead of just educating, for example.
 

Iris

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That's pretty idiotic to just... Punish her. Why not explain why it's wrong? Maybe she grew up in a bad house that didn't teach her that, or the guy coerced her?
 

ScottOnly

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Hello, isn't child pornography against the law because it makes victims of the children in the pictures? If she took the pictures herself and distributed them herself then there is only two ways to look at this. She is either....

a. not a victim at all. Or....
b. A victim to her own stupidity and doesn't know any better.

The truth of the matter is that either way putting her in jail and convicting her is absurd. My big question is, what is it with teenage girls nowadays? I've had a couple of them try to hit on me via internet and real life. I ignore them and avoid them, but slutty teenage girls seem to be pretty normal and rampant. Where the hell are the values, and the parents?
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
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I'd say B.

It indeed seems to be occur pretty often. I don't know if you can blame bad parenting though, for experimenting with sex is a pretty regular thing for kids, and with the internet, you know, it's now all out there :stare:
Teenage stupidity comes to mind as well, or perhaps it's just part of the general webcamsex-culture, which seems to have people of all ages and genders under its spell. :stare:
 

Cait

Oh, poppycock.
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The most I got out of this is "I need to watch the news more."

But as for an opinion on the actual article. i really think myspace should be...punished isn't the word, maybe cracked down on? Punishing the girl is not going to do much, and I don't see why she is in the first place. She should be nothing, but educated and this is not the way to do that.