A 14-year-old girl who took naked pictures of herself for her boyfriend’s entertainment and posted them on her MySpace profile faces charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography, with a maximum sentence of 17-years. If convicted, the young predator also faces a lifetime of discrimination as a registered sex offender, along with rapists and pederasts.
This is apparently only one of many such incidents, with authorities now keenly launching a nationwide crackdown on the depraved actions of child-paedophiles, lest a plague of self-exploiting children predate upon themselves.
The girl seemingly wished to provide an erotic spectacle for her boyfriend (who was apparently fortunate enough to avoid seeing the images and so face charges himself), and so she took 30 pictures of herself in a state of undress, described by authorities as “very explicit.” She placed these on her MySpace profile page for his pleasure.
The scurrilous images soon came to the attention of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who rushed to inform state police of the danger this paedophile posed to herself.
Police quickly served an arrest warrant on the girl child abuser, charging her with possession and distribution of child pornography. Though potentially a dangerous sex offender, they released her back into her mother’s custody.
In the event of her conviction, the girl will be forced to register alongside other perverts as a sex offender on the state’s register, as mandated by “Megan’s Law”, a law designed to ensure those who vile reprobates who so much as look askance at a child are denied normal lives in perpetuity.
The maximum sentence of 17 years in jail may be avoided as the young child pornographer may secure leniency, but there is not talk of dropping the charges.
The lady responsible for the creation of Megan’s Law is uncomfortable to see it exercised in this way; she seems to think prosecuting children for taking risqué photos of themselves is an inappropriate application of the law:
“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.”
The recent concern to hunt down the self-exploiting children who despicably take pictures of themselves for the titillation of themselves and their friends has been felt throughout the US.
Prosecutions in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin have been attempted in order to stamp out these child-run child pornography rings.
A recent case in Pennsylvania, where three girls took nude pictures of themselves, is a case in point. There the perpetrators also face significant sanction.
This case is however notable in that it is apparently the first to involve online social networking services.
Parents are warned to keep an eye on their children’s online activities lest they too turn into child paedophiles, the attorney general having this to say:
“Unfortunately, youth don’t have the same judgment as adults, and often adults don’t have the same technical savvy as the youth.”
Of course, this lack of judgment is no excuse for them not to be properly tried for their wickedness.
Protecting children from exploiting and predating upon themselves is clearly a matter of nationwide concern in the US, one of the least safe places to be a child in the developed world, despite having done more than any other nation to ensure children remain asexual until the age of 18.