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FL: Eighth Grader Faces Child Pornography Charges

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla- A Pasco County eighth grader faces felony child pornography charges after deputies say he posted a nude picture of a 13-year-old girl on Facebook. Deputies said the 14-year-old boy had been exchanging pictures on an app but became angry when the girl stopped sending explicit photos.

The girl, meanwhile told investigators she never expected to see those photos made public. The suspect’s mother, who said this was a case of two kids arguing and said that it shouldn’t have made escalated into adult felony charges. She also said the girl is partly to blame for sending the nude photos in the first place. Full Article

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  1. Avig

    Well—
    1) the boy committed a felony because he posted the pictures. Even possessing them is a felony.
    2) the girl committed a felony because she took the pictures—-which are considered child pornography—and distributed them to the boy.
    That is the way the law sees the matter.
    In our current society with its hysteria over sex, people react as if it was a contagious, always fatal disease which people must be protected from at all costs.
    I have a different view. It is all innocuous. Let them off with a stern warning and a demand for a different standard of behavior in the future.

    • j

      Is there any room for parents here? So the kids blew it. Give the parents a chance to handle it and keep their families intact. If government is the answer, it was a stupid question…

    • Q

      Hi Avig:

      The “sex hysteria” has been taken too far. It’s like it’s a dirty thing these people feel they need to protect society from, and I agree that this is ludicrous. Kid’s are going to explore their sexuality the way kids explore their sexuality. In this digital age they sometimes do it the way these two did. For these kids to become sexually aware is normal, not criminal. What is criminal is the way society now goes after these kids and runs them through the wringer because they don’t have the same warped values that conceived these laws.

      You’ll notice all these problems and ruined lives were never there until a few warped minds decided they needed to protect society from themselves. They need to be stopped.

    • C

      Child pornography and childn abuse of any kind should be illegal, there’s no doubt about it.

      But, how on Earth is it that an image of an unclothed human body, of any age, is illegal???
      Creating the image is illegal.
      Possessing the image is illegal.
      Seeing the image is illegal.

      What if she applied a filter to the image and made it look like a water color or pencil sketch?
      What if she took the image with Paper Camera and applied the Comic Book filter?
      What if she drew the image in charcoal and sent it via snail mail?
      In the sand or in the air with her finger?

      Meanwhile Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Justin Beiber, Beyonce and the lamestream media are working over time to sexualize our kids and convince them that sex is the bomb but as meaningless as shaking hands. But watch out kiddies – sexy is groovy but if you actually do it or take pictures of your naughty parts (like your idols do) your happy go lucky childhood will come to a screeching halt and get flipped upside down.

      Welcome to the Bizarro World where up is down, down is up and following in the footsteps of popular culture heroes will earn you a spot on the social media web site from hell.

      (I was going to embed a link a link to the Megan’s law site, but would not want anyone to get in trouble for inadvertently viewing it.)

      End of rant.

  2. Tim

    It’s more about money and control on the Internet. Social media generates profits by rewarding teens and younger to fervently promote products in exchange for likes (see PBS, Frontline reportable “Generation Like”), The whole system collapses if some of the players start doing things online, the corporations can’t (legally) make money off of. Therefore the offender’s lives are discarded, no matter what their ages, because they threaten the game. They are being made examples of.

  3. SWY

    I’m sorry, I just got to say it. Children are stupid. That’s why God created parents. The problem is that too many parents are lazy idiots who want society to do their job. Stop buying $500 camera phones and webcam laptops for children who don’t have the control or maturity to use them. Duh. They call them “SMART PHONES”. Ha! The phones are smarter than the user. Children used to talk on the phone all the time. The big reason for them texting all the time instead is so they can do and discuss things they know they shouldn’t in public (even when the parents are right there) without being caught. I have never been involved with the stupid social media (Facebook, myspace, blogging, twitter, instagram, etc.) because I thought it was just for self-centered needy kids. I got a “real” life and I’m not interested in the trivial “he said – she said” gossip. Yes, I know corporate America is now using these systems to market and make billions. It wasn’t an accident that Facebook used the phrase, “LIKE ME”. Children are humans, and all humans have the same wants, and emotions as adults. The problem is that these desires in young folks are more intense because they are stuffed into a smaller body. Children haven’t been “pure and innocent” for decades. Both kids knew what they were doing. He was hot for her body and she gave him access. In the old days it was called playing doctor. What the kids did that was major stupid is make the exchange in public. Don’t put anything in writing, don’t put anything on tape, and keep you private business, private. The only ones who need to see your goodies are your parents (till you can bathe yourself), your doctor, and your husband or wife. I’m sure if the tech geeks can create programs (or APPS) that allow you to send photos, they can create something that requires a parent’s password to unlock the feature. Or, don’t give a device to a child that has the capability. By eliminating the texting feature we would force people to actually behave like people. Talk with or visit your “real” friends, in person if possible. Hey, if it is illegal to sell spray paint to anyone under 18 years old, why not make it illegal for someone under 18 to buy or have a phone (or webcam laptop) with texting/picture/video sharing capabilities. This makes it easier for lazy parents, protects the kids, frees up the legal system, and forces people to be better people. Of course, the smart phone/webcam industry that makes a killing on selling camera phones and webcams would lose a gazillion dollars, so it probably won’t happen. No one should send nude pictures to anyone (adult to adult, child to child, adult to child, or child to adult) via any means, especially electronically. That is permanent! Maybe by treating (BOTH) of the kids in this story (the girl is equally guilty of sending images) the same as anyone else (adults), maybe the lawmakers will have to reevaluate the whole law to make it fair all the way around. On a side note, little boys (and every other male) don’t need the extra stress. Parents, stop dressing your girls like hookers and sending them out in public. I bet 99% of those wearing yoga pants don’t do yoga! That 14 year old boy could have gotten the same cheap thrill from these things that are as close to being naked as you can get! Society is made of people and people are complex. We’re always going to have issues and more questions than answers. Do what you can to make life better, and be at peace with the rest. All is Well in the Kingdom of SWY.

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