Girl posts nude pics, is charged with kid porn

Well, it looks like this is going to be a trend across the country. Not sure what the trend is; prosecuting kids for expressing themselves, or just kids expressing themselves.  In any event, the debate will be good and many of the laws will be challenged.

The most recent case stems from a 14-year-old New Jersey girl who has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com. (Source)

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8 responses to “Girl posts nude pics, is charged with kid porn

  • betterworldforus

    thats freaking crazy

    when i was 14yrs i just play with my friends, i ever even thought about sex and other things…

    the kids in this days … omg… they all want a girl/boyfriend.. and etc…

    its a shame…

    http://betterworldforus.wordpress.com

  • Ashley Peterson

    According to C. R. S § 18-6-403 the court has the right to protect children from entering into any entertainment that sexual exploits any individual under the age of 18. In Colorado that is! The court with this statute declared: “That sexual exploitation of children constitutes wrongful invasion of the child’s right to privacy and results in social, development, and emotional injury to the child; that a child below the age of eighteen years is incapable of giving informed consent to the use of his or her body for a sexual purpose; and that to protect a child from sexual exploitation it is necessary to prohibit the production of material which involves or is derived from such exploitation and to exclude all material from the channels of trade and commerce.” With this said, Colorado has a set statue protecting youngsters from engaging in this practice. Teenagers do not possess the mental capacity to truly understand the damage they may cause. Teenagers need a little harsher of a penalty for engaging in this exploitation.

  • John Chung

    Hate to say it, but thse types of punishments, while harsh, are a necessary course of action to discourage other kids from doing the same thing IMHO.

  • Aubra Rudy

    It reminds me of the case here http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/04/07/sexting.busts/index.html where a couple got in a fight and he sent her nude pictures to her family. It’s a blurry line because he’s 20 and she’s 16, though he was 18 when this happened. Either way he has to register as a sex offender now. I find what he did troubling and he should have been punished, but I think the sex offender label is slapped on too indiscriminately. He’s not a pedophile or a rapist, he’s just a jerk. I just really, really dislike the idea of someone being put on the sex offender registry for something like this. And girls who take pictures of themselves are probably going to be punished enough, what with the pictures haunting them. Definitely a lot of shades of gray in these cases.

  • Melissa Collins

    The intention of pornography laws is to protect minors. By charging a girl who failed to use discretion, for breaking a law that was specifically designed to protect her, the prosecution is guilty of abuse of power. What purpose is served by condemning the girl, with a possible criminal record for the rest of her life, as a sex offender? The fact that she has published these evocative photos of herself will probably come back to haunt her, potentially for the rest of her life. Adding a criminal record will only serve to diminish the possibility of her making better choices in the future. If minors are unable to understand the consequences of their choices, then adult laws should not be applied to their actions. The purpose of law and punishment is to reform, not to condemn. There must be a better avenue in dealing with this situation.

    The girl in this situation is both the perpetrator and victim. In another blog that I encountered related to this topic the individual,CYB3RCRIM3, says:”The drafters of the Model Penal Code said that someone who is a victim of a crime is not an accomplice. So someone who is raped is not an accomplice of the rapist; someone who is robbed is not an accomplice of the robber, and so on. It seems to me one might argue by extrapolation that if a victim can?t be an accomplice, then they certainly shouldn?t be held liable as a perpetrator.”

    Every generation of teenagers expresses themselves in a way that generally shocks and horrifies their parents. The difference now is technology. Instant viewing makes for many a star that is born or created. Instead of a knee jerk reaction to the situation, parental involvement should be the first step, not criminal prosecution. I am aware of all the slippery slope arguments that follow but deterrence through prosecution has not been a huge success so far. Surely there are more serious crimes in our society than prosecuting a teenager for a crime, that would be applied to an adult, but would not be a crime if the adult committed such act.

  • Beth Itchkawich

    What a shame that this young girl and her family have to be put through all of this. Although the girl’s behavior was wrong, she shouldn’t be made into a criminal. Being labeled as a sex offender is much too harsh of a punishment. Lets leave that for the adults that truly deserve it. Indiscriminately using the sex offender label will water it down to a point where it really doesn’t mean much.

  • Eriuqs Spires Healthy Recreation

    maybe caused fron the factors that’s exhibit of her nude pics being have a beneficial effect.
    😀

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