By Evan Bleier
Canadian police are charging a 14-year-old boy with child pornography after he allegedly videotaped himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl and then posted it online.
The video was posted on a social media site back In April after a party, Const. Pierre Bourdages said. “This is very unusual,” Bourdages said. “It’s not something we’ve seen lately. It’s very troubling.”
According to Bourdages, the sex was consensual, but posting the video on the Internet was not. Bourdages wouldn’t comment on the status of the relationship between the two teens.
It’s unclear how many people saw the video. "The video was taken down very quickly by the social media site," said Bourdages. "The Internet being what it is, we know that the video was deleted from the social media site, but we will never be sure that that video is not somewhere else."
Criminal law and social media experts say that police and prosecutors may be trying to send a strong signal that the victimization of young women via the Internet is unacceptable, The National Post reported.
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Robert Currie, a professor of law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said police have opted to issue warnings instead of bringing charges after these types of incidents in the past. “What this might indicate is we have more willingness to charge,” he said. “The perspective police had been taking up to this point was to try to educate.”
The boy is scheduled to appear youth court on June 20 on charges of possessing, making and distributing child pornography. The names of the teens have not been released because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.