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Teens Charged with Child Pornography

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When one teen sent naked photos of herself to friends, everyone got in trouble.

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You may have heard about a 14-year-old girl who may face felony charges for snapping naked pictures of herself on her camera phone and sending them to her classmates at Pinckney High School in Pinckney, MI.

The girl (who insists she was just "clowning around") took photos of her genitals and face, and sent them to three or four friend's phones. However, police estimate that more than 200 students received the photo.

Principal Jim Darga has suspended ten students and a total of about 20, including the 14-year-old, could be disciplined.

According to prosecutor David Morse, some of the suspended students could face criminal charges since the image could be considered child pornography.

Does this seem harsh?

Pittsburgh Police Detective Mike Overholt says its essential that teenagers understand they face charges associated with sex crimes if they're caught with images of underage peers -- even if they are underage themselves.

Possessing, photographing, selling or transferring sexually explicit images of anyone under 18 is a second-degree felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment in Pennsylvania.

Tell us -- should the students who received the naked pictures be penalized?

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8 comments so far | Post a comment now
RealMomsHaveCurves  October 21, 2008, 5:57 PM

I think if the cops have proof that the student opened/forwarded the pics, then yes they should be punished. But what about students who may have opened them by accident?

AK Mom October 21, 2008, 6:10 PM

Should she be punished? YES by school suspension. Along with any student that forwarded/shared the photos. But more importantly I think she should receive counseling! She should also have to write an essay about children who are victims of child pornography and sex slave trafficing.

bronxsmom October 21, 2008, 9:02 PM

All the students that sent out the photos should be punished. It would be a crime if one child were 15-16 and the other child were 10-12. Where do we draw the line and tell our kids you shouldn’t do certain things unless you are an adult and prepared to accept the consequences? Should we allow young children to be photographed in sexually explicit ways and send that to older teens and young adults? It was just another “child” that took the photo, or encouraged the photo! Lets set some boundaries here.

JoLynn October 21, 2008, 11:07 PM

This is a form of exploitation. Even if she sent the pictures to a few kids, someone obviously shared them by forwarding the messages to other students. Those students should get in trouble, right along with her.

These days ‘clowing around’ seems to be the trend, and in many cases gets way out of hand. Stop it now before it gets worse!

dust March 14, 2009, 1:42 AM

Who is giving irresponsible children cell phones and paying for texting plans? The parrents aren’t parenting and children push bounderies. Everything should be case by case there is no one punishment fits all. Our country is going to hell.

Anonymous October 5, 2009, 9:02 AM

if the person tha recived the picture didn’t ask for it then how can they be at fault. the person that sent the picture if it was of herself and she wasen’t asking for money. whose the victom.

angry mom February 13, 2010, 2:10 AM

wait till they catch your curious—dumb- teenager son looking at porn and want to send him to prison for 5-10 years in adult prison—and by the way this son acts like a 13 year old—very immature-and did you know that you could go to jail for watching porn-YES—cause alot of porn you have to download to watch—yep—there is the possession charge—and sometimes you have no idea what age the girl is until oops she is 13—how did she get on there in the first place?? this is a mess and kids will be going to prison that do not need to go—can you imagine my 17 year old son that has never been on date—or driven or kissed a girl and certainly not had sex will now be a registered sex offender if convicted—-wake up america something is wrong with this world

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