Thursday, February 6, 2014

VA - Virginia Teen Girl Accused Of Posting Nude Selfies, Arrested For Child Porn

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Original Article

02/06/2014

By David Lohr

A 16-year-old Virginia girl is facing child pornography charges, after police say she posted photos of herself naked on Twitter.

Authorities received an anonymous tip describing the photos, which were posted to Twitter around Jan. 30. The girl, a student in James City County, admitted to posting "multiple" lewd photos of herself to the social networking website last week, according to police.

"One of our school resource officers made contact with her and her mother," Stephanie Williams-Ortery, a spokeswoman for the James City County Police Department told The Huffington Post.

"The young lady acknowledged that she had posted the pictures of herself [and] the mother acknowledged that the photos were of her daughter," Williams-Ortery said.

According to police, the girl, who has not been named, also admitted to sending photos directly to male acquaintances she was hoping to impress. She has been charged as a juvenile with felony "possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography," Williams-Ortery said.

Not everyone in the community agrees with how police are handling the case.

"I don't think she should be charged with child pornography, because she is a child herself," parent Emily Altman told WAVY.com.

"That is distributing child pornography?" said parent Dometre Mobley. "She is a child."

However, because the girl is charged as a juvenile Virginia law would not require her to register as a sex offender, if she is found guilty, so long as she fulfills her obligations to the court.


6 comments :

Mark said...

"That is distributing child pornography?" said parent Dometre Mobley. "She is a child." This is 2014. I doubt very much that a 16 year old female is hardly a child but I do agree that this charge against her is ludicrous to say the least. If she had sent it personally to this young stud she dreamed of things may have been different legally. No, she had to post it on Twitter. I wonder how long it will take the feds to get into the act since she violated interstate commerce laws sending "CHILD PORNOGRAPHY across state lines??? What a feast the feds would have with this one. "However, because the girl is charged as a juvenile Virginia law would
not require her to register as a sex offender, if she is found guilty,
so long as she fulfills her obligations to the court." And Virginia too! The hang erm high Commonwealth.

Mark said...

I rest my case.

Sex Offender Issues said...

I take it this is pertaining to your previous comment?

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2014/02/or-third-sex-offender-death-in-oregon.html#comment-1234175193

Mark said...

Yes it is, and I should have clarified this. My apology for this.

Lois2010 said...

Not so sure that she would avoid the registry altogether. Many states do not require minors to be posted on the public registry. They wait until the minor is an adult before requiring that.

Sex Offender Issues said...

True, and we are willing to bet they will ask her to accept some plea bargain, or she will violate something before finishing probation, then when she's 18, she will be on the online registry and have to live like a pariah. Her life will end then!