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Sexting’ surprise: Teens face child porn charges
6 Pa. high school students busted after sharing nude photos via cell phones


In an unusual legal case arising from the increasingly popular practice known as “sexting,†six Pennsylvania high school students are facing child pornography charges after three teenage girls allegedly took nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and shared them with male classmates via their cell phones.

The female students at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa., all 14- or 15-years-old, face charges of manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography while the boys, who are 16 and 17, face charges of possession, according to WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, which published the story on its Web site on Tuesday.

Police told the station that the photos were discovered in October, after school officials seized a cell phone from a male student who was using it in violation of school rules and found a nude photo of a classmate on it. Police were called in and their investigation led them to other phones containing more photos, it said.

Police Capt. George Seranko was quoted as saying that the first photograph was “a self portrait taken of a juvenile female taking pictures of her body, nude."

The school district issued a statement Tuesday saying that the investigation turned up “no evidence of inappropriate activity on school grounds … other than the violation of the electronic devices policy.†The statement also said that school officials didn’t learn of the charges against the students until Monday.

In the WPXI story, which included contributions from the Associated Press, Saranko indicated that authorities decided to file the child pornography charges to send a strong message to other minors who might consider sending such photos to friends.

"It's very dangerous," he said. "Once it's on a cell phone, that cell phone can be put on the Internet where everyone in the world can get access to that juvenile picture. You don't realize what you are doing until it's already done." (Seranko could not be reached for comment on Thursday, and a woman who answered the phone at the Greensburg Police Department said, “Our department is not doing any more interviews on the case.â€)

But Patrick Artur, a Philadelphia defense attorney who by his reckoning has handled at least 80 child pornography cases, said the prosecution of minors for photos they took themselves runs counter to the purpose of both state and federal child pornography laws: Preventing the sexual abuse of children by “dirty old men in raincoats.â€

“It’s clearly overkill,†he said. “… The letter of the law seems to have been violated, but this is not the type of defendant that the legislature envisioned†in passing the statute.

Artur said that because there is no mandatory minimum sentence under Pennsylvania’s child pornography law, unlike the federal statute, the students would not necessarily be incarcerated if they are found guilty. But he noted that convictions would have "serious, serious implications," including forcing them having to register as sexual offenders for at least 10 years.

While Artur said the prosecution of a juvenile for allegedly creating and distributing child porn was new to him, a quick review of federal and state statistics showed there have been a handful of similar cases, and several convictions.

While few minors have found themselves in court for e-mailing or posting sexy photos of themselves, there is little doubt that ubiquitous cell phones and easy access to computers have tempted many to push the erotic envelope.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reported last month that a survey of 1,280 teens and young adults found that 20 percent of the teens said they had sent or posted nude or semi nude photos or videos of themselves. That number was slightly higher for teenage girls — 22 percent — vs. boys — 18 percent.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28679588/

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Should these children be charged manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography?

Should they be forced to register on the sex offered registry?

Is this a waist of tax payer money?

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I find it hard to charge someone with child porn IF the child took the pictures. Kids are stupid...but they know that passing out naked pictures of themselves is a dangerous thing to do.

I do not see this as a crime that they should register on the sex offender list for (in NC) 10 years. What 16-17 yr old BOY isn't going to look at a picture like that if it is sent to his phone? Should that REALLY follow him/them and possibly fuck up their chances in college, work etc.

I don’t think this situation is one for the cops...the parents need to address this issue.

And before anyone goes there...I am not sure I would feel the same way if I had kids.
 

Bunnee

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I blame the media.

These kids see 'role models' like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens doing this shit, getting away with it, and think it's okay to do it themselves.

ON topic-

I think this is ridiculous. Sure they're underage, but they knew what they were doing. Hopefully the Judge will see this, and laugh it out of court.
 

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I think it will come down to whether or not the boy requested pictures. If someone sends me a text without my request or behoovment, I'm not liable for the content because I can't control what every asshole with a camera phone decides to send me.

Now if he asked for the pics, I'm sure he's pretty well fucked, and rightfully so. What happened to sneaking a feel or getting stinky fingers under the bleechers? Kids are in such a hurry to grow up. Looking back, I faced every form of female cockblock on the planet when I was in high school and it gave me blue balls, it frustrated the fuck out of me, but it taught me how to refine my game. The chase was half the fun. Fucking brats have it too easy. I say make an example of them. Fuck em.
 

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Should these children be charged manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography?

Should they be forced to register on the sex offered registry?

Is this a waste of tax payer money?
No, neither the girls or boys should be charged but anybody over the age of 18, found in possession of any of these pics should be hit seriously hard.

No, to put them on a register would destroy their future.

Yes, it is a waste of taxpayers money to go ahead with any prosecution, but it is not a waste of taxpayers money to publicise why it is wrong.
 

SlimSkeeter

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No, neither the girls or boys should be charged but anybody over the age of 18, found in possession of any of these pics should be hit seriously hard.

No, to put them on a register would destroy their future.

Yes, it is a waste of taxpayers money to go ahead with any prosecution, but it is not a waste of taxpayers money to publicise why it is wrong.
Could not have said it better.

The "spirit" of that law, if you will, is to prevent the abuse of children by adults. If everyone involved with this is under the age of consent, then they should be reprimanded, definitely. But prosecuted under the full weight of the law? Please, thats ridiculous.
 

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I don't see what they did wrong.

It's relatively in their own age group and in no way forced upon the girls in question. I did this shit all the time at that age.

I sent pics to older girls too. If they were caught with them, would they have been charged? The answer is simple: no.