Teen Faces Child Pornography Charges for Taking Racy Photo of Herself

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teenIf you are enraged by just the thought of child pornography, you are not alone. That someone would exploit a minor is beyond sickening. I am sure many would agree, if an adult took a pornographic photo of a teen, he or she deserves the harshest of sentences. But would you think the same thing if a teen took an explicit photo of herself? Is it still a crime? Apparently so.

A 15-year-old Florida girl was arrested on a felony child pornography charge after she allegedly showed classmates an iPhone photo of her and another student having oral sex. A charge she admitted to, according to the police report.

What she had done came to light after a school employee seized the phone during class. In the investigation that followed, five witnesses said they had been shown the image. It's a serious charge, indeed. And the fact that she took the photo herself hasn't softened the severity of the crime as far as the police are concerned. If found guilty, this girl could be in serious trouble and possibly end up behind bars.

But because she took the image herself, many people are wondering if this is really fair? It's a tough question, namely because there was another kid involved. But perhaps it's necessary to throw the book at her to teach an invaluable lesson. Kids are so careless with images they pass around. This is not okay behavior. That said, I still don't think she should get jail time or be permanently labeled as a sex offender. Unfortunately, her own attitude about the issue hasn't earned her much sympathy. After her phone was taken, she tweeted a friend the following: "the school took my phone, long story and im in Ireland lmaoooooo." (Insert eye-roll emoticon here)

Do you think charging this teen is fair? Should she go to jail?


Image via D. Sharon Pruitt/Flickr

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nonmember avatar FarmersWife

This is so stupid! If two 15 year olds have sex should they both be registered sex offenders because they had sex with a minor? Um no. This is no different. I agree that pic scaring is out of control but its also something that I don't think law inforcement has any place in unless its adults showing/taking pics of minors. If someone's photos get out that is their problem and others can learn from their mistakes. The government and law can't protect everyone from everything. This is a joke.

April... AprilJune

I think charging her is fair because there is another minor involved. And because she is passing the image around. I don't think the consequences for her should be the same as an adult who did the same thing though. She needs to learn a lesson for sure, but throwing her in jail or permanently labeling her as an offender isn't going to do that.

Caera Caera

It's fair. It wasn't just herself...there was another person involved, and she showed another kid.

What a freaking idiot, besides.

Venae Venae

Her parents must be so proud.  Sorry, little girl - 'cause that's what you are - it's child porn.  She should receive the same sentence as someone else who would have had the picture in their possession.


nonmember avatar sarah

she should go just for being an idiot and other things

nonmember avatar Jamie

It wasn't her in the photo at all, it was two friends of hers. And it was distributed via Twitter.....http://www.nbcnews.com/id/52378293/ns/local_news-tampa_fl/

nonmember avatar Lizzie Borden

I thought child pornography laws were set to protect children, not prosecute idiot teenagers. Yeah what she did is stupid but should be handled differently than a child pornography case (with the exception being if the other student in the photo feels violated by the sharing of the photo).

Angelica Medina

No if she was a minor and the kid in the photo was a minor they should not get prosecuted just a slap on the wrist put them both in continuation school for troubled teens for a while or something, they should not be labeled sex offenders

Cindy Perry

Having another minor involved in the pic and the fact it is sexual does make this worse than if it were a nude pic of herself. But I feel she needs punishment from her parents and some counseling. Having a sexual predator label on her for the rest of her life is taking this too far. Throwing her in jail is not going to help her make better decisions. It can cause irreparable damage

LadyM... LadyMinni

I think she needs some serious punishment. She broke the law by making and distributing child pornography. She may have been one of the people in the photos, but there was another child in them too. She needs to know that this isn't okay at all. Jail time and the label of a sex offender are a bad idea though. Give her 100 hours of community service and then let her move on. Hopefully she'll learn.

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