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Spring break is still a few months away ... but it's never too late to start warning your daughter about the dangers.

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When Julie Amanda Tilton went to Daytona Beach during spring break, she competed in a number of risque contests at a local motel before hundreds of observers, some taking photos.

The Florida woman eventually filed a federal lawsuit after learning that footage of the contests had been posted on the Internet.

But on Thursday, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled against Tilton, effectively ending her suit seeking damages from the hotel, the owner of a video company and others.

Tilton, at the time a 17-year-old high school student, went to the Desert Inn Resort Motel in April 2001 after hearing about the contests. She competed in two wet T-shirt contests, a "banana sucking contest" and a "sexual positions contest."

The owner of a video production company also heard an advertisement about the wet T-shirt contest. He went to the event, took photos and posted those, along with some video footage of the event, on his website.

Tilton's lawsuit claimed Deslin Hotels, which owns the Desert Inn, had induced her to engage in "sexually explicit conduct" and created an atmosphere it knew would draw others to take pictures of it.

Judge Bill Pryor, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said Tilton's suit failed because she could not produce actual proof she engaged in such conduct.

Under the law, Pryor wrote, "sexually explicit conduct" involves intercourse, other specific sexual acts or lascivious exposure of the pubic area.

Tilton's conduct did not create the impression of an actual sex act and her pubic area was covered, Pryor wrote. As for the resort creating an environment conducive to photos being taken of sexually explicit conduct, her suit fails on that ground as well because she produced no evidence of it, Pryor wrote.

Tilton also sued Chad Ciani, owner of the video production company, on grounds he put photos of her on his website when she was a minor. But Tilton could not prove that Ciani, who removed the photos after Tilton lodged a protest, knew she was a minor when he took the pictures, Pryor wrote.

So tell your daughters to watch what they do on spring break ... it could end up on the Internet.

And for even more spring break dangers every mom needs to know, check out our momlogic Spring Break investigation: Part One, and Part Two. What we found in South Padre Island will shock you.

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15 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous January 16, 2009, 3:25 PM

My 17 year old will not be attending spring break anywhere unsupervised. Sorry, when they are 18 and can pay for their own trip then they can go.

~me~ January 16, 2009, 4:08 PM

dito, my kids will not go to spring break with my money either! if i have it my way my girls will never go! we as parents are to try and keep our kids safe in any way that we can, and i intend to do that, yes they need to learn somethings on there own but, when we know what goes on there why would you even consider letting them go?

just my opinion January 16, 2009, 5:28 PM

Its her own fault, maybe she shouldnt have been sluty enough to join in those kinds of contests anyway. Serves her right!

Him ThatIs January 16, 2009, 7:07 PM

You mean to tell me people put images on thid “Internet” you speak of?!? I’ve never(girls gone wild) heard of such things(college #@%&fest)and am quite suprised. What decade did this begin?

for real January 16, 2009, 10:02 PM

Oh boo hoo. Little skank went out and acted stupid and is now paying the price. Sorry, I do not feel sorry for her.

michelle r January 18, 2009, 8:21 PM

oh cry a river, she tried or her parents tried to sue, someone is in denial, face it mom, dad your daughter is just another spring break ho ho. who was doing the parenting? what morals and beliefs do you have. show and sue,or show and sell. good for them they didn’t get now money. and money for what?

Ju February 26, 2009, 2:13 AM

She could have been brought up with all the morals and good parenting in the world. The final decision was hers. I didn’t grow up in a morally defunct home and my parents did a pretty good job. The stupid things I ended up doing were my own fault. At least, unlike this little spoiled ho, I owned up to my mistakes. Why was she allowed to go anyway?

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