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NJ girl, 14, arrested after posting nude pics

Teen faces porn charges for nude pics of herself By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press Writer Beth Defalco, Associated Press Writer – Fri Mar 27, 7:49 am ET

TRENTON, N.J. – A 14-year-old New Jersey girl has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com — charges that could force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.

The case comes as prosecutors nationwide pursue child pornography cases resulting from kids sending nude photos to one another over cell phones and e-mail. Legal experts, though, could not recall another case of a child porn charge resulting from a teen's posting to a social networking site.

MySpace would not comment on the New Jersey investigation, but the company has a team that reviews its network for inappropriate images. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped off a state task force, which alerted the Passaic County Sheriff's Office.

The office investigated and discovered the Clifton resident had posted the "very explicit" photos of herself, sheriff's spokesman Bill Maer said Thursday.

"We consider this case a wake-up call to parents," Maer said. The girl posted the photos because "she wanted her boyfriend to see them," he said.

Investigators are looking at individuals who "knowingly" committed a crime, he said, declining to comment further because the case is still being investigated.

The teen, whose name has not been released because of her age, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. She was released to her mother's custody.

If convicted of the distribution charge, she would be forced to register with the state as a sex offender under Megan's Law, said state Attorney General Anne Milgram. She also could face up to 17 years in jail, though such a stiff sentence is unlikely.

Some observers — including the New Jersey mother behind the creation of Megan's Law — are criticizing the trend of prosecuting teens who send racy text messages or post illicit photos of themselves.

Maureen Kanka — whose daughter, Megan, became the law's namesake after she was raped and killed at age 7 in 1994 by a twice-convicted sex offender — blasted authorities for charging the 14-year-old girl.

The teen needs help, not legal trouble, she said.

"This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form. She should have an intervention and counseling, because the only person she exploited was herself."

Called "sexting" when it's done by cell phone, teenagers' habit of sending sexually suggestive photos of themselves and others to one another is a nationwide problem that has confounded parents, school administrators and law enforcers.

Prosecutors in states including Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin have tried stop it by charging teens who send and receive the pictures.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, a prosecutor recently threatened to file child porn charges against three teenage girls who authorities say took racy cell-phone pictures that ended up on classmates' cell phones.

The MySpace case may be a first, though.

"I'm not sure I've seen a prosecution like this coming out of a social networking site," said Seth Kreimer, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Milgram, the attorney general, could not recall another such case in New Jersey. She cautioned parents to get on those sites and monitor what their kids are talking about and posting.

"Unfortunately, youth don't have the same judgment as adults," she said, "and often, adults don't have the same technical savvy as the youth."
 

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If I had a kid, his/her phone would be just that, a phone. No camera, no text, no internet. A phone.

Computer heavily regulated.
 

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What she did was wrong! But charging her with child porn is a bit over the top. It is not like some else took these pictures & posted them. She took them of herself & posted them herself. She does not need this, she needs good swift kick in the ass & her parents need to pay attention to what their kid is doing on-line!

:eek: :eek:

NJ is in deep **** financially, yet the state prosecutors want to waste time & more importantly TAX PAYER DOLLARS trying to prosecute assinine crap like this. :rolleyes:
 

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If I had a kid, his/her phone would be just that, a phone. No camera, no text, no internet. A phone.

Computer heavily regulated.
Yep, no need for all that other stuff. Same with teens and myspace/facebook/etc. - disaster waiting to happen. Wow, I worry sometimes that I'm going to be the strictest parent ever. Yikes.
 

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I have heard that lately this is becoming a problem with all teens, they are sending nude pictures to boyfriends and boyfriends are sending it to friends and a big cycle begins. It has expelled a few teens in our area from school. I don't agree with them being registered as sex offenders since they will have that title for life. I don't know what a parent can do, as teens usually follow peers. Just sad.

My son (11) recently asked for an email, and I said no...too much trouble. I told him he can use my email.
 

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oh yeh, i've heard this is happening. they take pics of themselves and send to friends, etc. scarey what is going around in the little kids world these days.
 

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I do not know if I agree with the sex offender label or not for this type of thing. But I think it is good they are scaring the hell out of the girl.

We're very strict with computer use in our house. Our rules are that we can check and read everything that comes onto our computers. And no cell phones until you can pay for it yourself. We may have an extra cell phone for certain occasions, but not specifically for either child. And not unlimited access.
 

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If she were mine, she wouldn't even know what a cell phone, digital camera, or computer even LOOKED like until I was dead and buried.
 

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If she were mine, she wouldn't even know what a cell phone, digital camera, or computer even LOOKED like until I was dead and buried.
Dan your statement sounds an awful lot like what my sister did a few weeks ago to my nephew.

He didn't do anything near what this girl did, but he lied about something to her face. Even after she gave him a second chance to 'fess up, he lied again. He lost his cell phone, computer, I-Pod, television, after-school activities privileges for 1 month. She nearly smacked him senseless for lying to her, but her SU stopped her!!!

She was :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
 

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What she did was wrong! But charging her with child porn is a bit over the top. It is not like some else took these pictures & posted them. She took them of herself & posted them herself. She does not need this, she needs good swift kick in the ass & her parents need to pay attention to what their kid is doing on-line!

:eek: :eek:

NJ is in deep **** financially, yet the state prosecutors want to waste time & more importantly TAX PAYER DOLLARS trying to prosecute assinine crap like this. :rolleyes:

She posted them online on a public forum. That is child pornography, whether the pics are of yourself or not. Maybe if more of these airhead kids were punished for **** like this, they'd stop doing it.
 

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I'm so torn but dayum these kids need to learn that this is illegal!!!! I understand that kids don't have the same thought process but there need to be consequences for her. Gahhhh!!! Locking all my kids in the closet right now until they are 21!!! =P

****no children were hurt or confined in the writing of this post****
 

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I think branding her as a sex offender for life (or even for a day) is STOOPID.

Someone professional needs to evaluate the family to see what lapses, if any, are present there and also to evaluate and provide therapy for the girl.

I think this is a highly unusual action for a 14 year old to do (or even a 15, 16, etc.) and she needs help.

....Maybe if more of these airhead kids were punished for **** like this, they'd stop doing it.
I doubt it. I think the "sexting" is a popular fad but this is several steps different -- and I don't think this is a fad, I certainly hope not!


 

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**warning.. this is going to make me sound O L D **

When i was 14 (told ya) girls weren't even huge fans of changing in front of each other, much less being naked.. what the hell happened to teens?
 
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