What a difference a day makes. Yesterday Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was being called a perv for allegedly macking it with Eliza Kruger, the 17-year-old daughter of a hedge fund manager from New York City. Today, demands for Eliza Kruger pictures are one of the hottest Internet search trends.
Who's the perv now, oh Internet? Sanchez has done nothing wrong -- New York and New Jersey law both give the 24-year-old leave to date a 17-year-old based on the age of consent. But the same doesn't apply to sexy pictures of Kruger that might show up on the Internet.
If she's dressed, it's fine. Let's hope for everyone's sake, but most of all hers, that she is. She's put way too much of her own information out there, thanks to the interview with Deadspin that started this whole scandal, but she's still a human being who deserves some dignity. And let's hope that's what people concerned with this sex scandal are looking for.
But go looking for proof of Mark Sanchez and Eliza Kruger in flagrante delicto, and you're more than just a perv. You're a pedophile. If you want to see lascivious pictures of Eliza Kruger, you're committing a crime under federal law. Whether she's legally allowed to have sex or not, at 17 she falls under the federal child pornography statute regardless of who took the photos (yes, even if she took them of herself to send to Marky boy). That includes any picture that:
Depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and is obscene, or depicts an image that is, or appears to be, of a minor engaging in graphic bestiality, sadistic or masochistic abuse, or sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex and such depiction lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
Something tells me trying to find a football player's girlfriend online doesn't count as "serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value." Even if you stumble on those by accident, you could be looking at serious jail time.
And even if you're just looking for her face, legal photos that anyone can see, you have to ask yourself what's with the prurient curiosity about a 17-year-old nobody linked to a sex scandal? If this were a 17-year-old girl from your neighborhood, would you be checking her out to see if she's a hottie with a body? Or would that be kind of ... pervy?
What do you think? Still want to find Eliza Kruger pictures? Or are you off the case?
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