Teen girl charged with posting nude photos on Internet
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 15-year-old girl has been arrested for taking nude photographs of her self and posting them on the Internet, police said.
The girl, whose identity was withheld, was accused of sending out photographs of herself in various states of undress and performing a variety of sexual acts. She sent them to people she met in chat rooms on the Internet, police said.
Police seized her computer and found dozens of photographs stored on the hard drive. Authorities did not say how police learned about the girl.
She has been charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.
She has been charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. A 15-year old girl took sexual photos of herself and sent them to people online, so she's charged with these crimes? She abused... herself? (Yes, yes, 'self abuse' jokes aside.) She has pictures of herself on her own computer, performing (apparently solo?) sexual acts, so she possesses child porn. While *technically* correct, it is *her*. She can look in a fucking mirror! The only charge that seems at all legitimate is dissemination, but I hardly think trying this girl and convicting her as a sex offender is in anyone's best interest, least of all her's. It sounds more like she needs some counseling and therapy, and perhaps her parents need to pay a bit more attention, since she apparently thought sending out photos of herself to people she met online was a good idea. The people who solicited the photos, if they knew she was a minor, I could see being charged. But charging this girl with exploiting herself is just through-the-looking-glass bizarre.
We need to protect the children... from themselves... by charging them as sex offenders... WHAT?!
EDIT: syringavulgaris points out the article is from 2004, so this isn't a new event. I wonder how this case came out...