Earlier this month, a 15-year-old girl was arrested in Ohio for sending nude pictures of herself to friends via her mobile phone. After a local prosecutor visited the school to talk about the dangers of sending nude photos of minors around, the girl stuck two fingers up to authority and snapped some photos of herself, then sent them to friends.
Under Ohio law, if prosecuted, the girl could have been forced to register as a sexual offender annually for ten years, but she reached a deal with prosecutors to resolve the case which won’t involve that. The law in question bans the posession of material that shows a minor in a state of nudity.
The case isn’t unique. A 14-year-old girl in Michigan e-mailed a photo to friends that showed her naughty bits, and those friends forwarded it to a couple of other friends, and they forwarded it on again, and before long, at least two hundred people had seen it. Police confiscated about a dozen phones with the image on, and they won’t be given back. The owners might be charged with owning child pornography, and may have to register as sex offenders.
Similar cases have since popped up in New Jersey, New York, Alabama, Utah, Pennsylvania, Texas and Connecticut. It’s clear that this is spreading fast and given how much teens like to rebel, I wouldn’t be surprised if greater crackdown by the authorities just leads to more mobile teen porn.
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