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Teens Sending Naked Pictures Via Cell Phone

Free Minutes? Teens Sending Naked Pics Via Cell Phones

Remember when school rumors about who was slutty were of the analog variety? That is to say, whispered behind hands in the hallway? Not anymore folks. In this all blog, all the time kids are snapping digital proof of their moral transgressions — and beaming naked pics of themselves to classmates' cell phones, who of course forward the illicit snaps onto friends.

Think what happens in cyberspace stays there? Nope. In La Crosse, WI, a 17-year-old boy was recently charged with child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child and defamation in conjunction with posting nude photos of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend on his MySpace page. The naughty pics came from a cell phone.

The impulsive racy acts have consequences lasting well beyond "delete." To see how,


Scandalous photos are the perfect ammunition for jilted boyfriends, who post and share them as revenge. The sheriff in the Wisconsin case says, "I think they just do it to impress their boyfriends. When he breaks up, he `vents,' in his words, by posting them." In Syracuse, NY, after a bevy of girls sent nudies to their boyfriends, they discovered another boy had been collecting them all on a DVD — that he was trying to sell!

Psychologists say the technology coupled with typical teenage hormones and lack of judgment, may lead to lasting reputations that will haunt them. Another sheriff who investigates these matters says, "It's often so spur of the moment that they're not thinking about where those images might end up. They might think it's just fun and games at the time they do it, but these images can really spread like wildfire."

Should teens get limits on technology until they're old enough to understand the consequences? Is this just another example of a more permissive culture? Should trafficking cell phone pics be treated like child porn?


luv_bug1211 luv_bug1211 9 years
Im not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but to clarify, the 17 year old was asked several times to take the pics down by the investigators. His response to them was rather inappropriate, so they slapped him with charges. If i remember correctly its was something along the lines of "no im not taking them down because i want everyone to know how much of a s**t she is". *goes hunting for link to newspaper article.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Thanks meganmac. That is what I was trying to say but I was not so eloquent.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
bookish- that is the sexual relations law in new jersey. its not illegal if under 18 and your less than 4 years apart. after 18 its free game...
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I posted elsewhere already that child porn is really really bad - and a doctor exam or law enforcement photo wouldn't count, sexual motivation is usually required. Here, it IS technically child porn since it is an actual minor, exhibiting themselves for sexual gratification (US and each state have their own definitions, but in general). No matter what his age, it is illegal to have/distribute these pictures of a minor. The question is whether or not to prosecute, because we can't expect the law to differentiate between 17yo with pics of gf and 53yo with pics of random 16yo. There are real people choosing whether or not to charge (prosecutors are supposed to actually think these things out), and here there is a flagrant disregard for her privacy and that warrants SOMETHING. Maybe not the 10 to 24 he'd face per pic here in AZ if guilty at trial, but definitely something to get his attention. Posting something online means it cannot be contained, it is now in some creepy guy's collection forever, to be continually shared with others. At a training I was told that some huge percentage of child porn is victim created - little girls (and boys) who are asked to take these pictures. This 16yo took pics with her bf, but internet posting of them is something that can't be taken back.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
"Eighteen seems a rather arbitrary cutoff point. Why should a sexual relationship between a 17 year old and an 18 year old be illegal?" AZ has a defense if you are w/in 2 years of each other. Also, I think it would be great if the further apart the age, the bigger the punishment...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Parents should take into account thier own childs maturity level and or just buy them phones that do not have cameras in them to make sure that nothing like nude photos can happen. Charging this 17 year old with child porn charges is unfortunate but its the law and you should be held responsible for your actions
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
dAVE I JUST REPLIED sorry about the caps accident. Son here now andf Im desperatly tying to type to say please go to a judd cuz i replied to u there. help 2yo attack!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It's too bad that we have allowed our society to go this far down, all in the name of freedom.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Great. :OY:
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
if there was a crime againist defaming another adult he would of been charged with it, unfortunately its not a crime to post nude pictures of someone on the internet. the reason being is because if you allowed them to take it, its considered thier property. the child pornography charge is "lets throw something and see what sticks" charge.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
He shouldn't be charged with child pornography, period. He should be charged like an adult who defames another adult. This is just more proof that a teens mentality isn't where it should be for this kind of relationship. She was his ex and instead of talking trash in the locker room, the cyber age and looser sexual activities have made it where he can post naked pics of her for all to see instantly. In 57' teachers listed 1. Gum Chewing 2. Talking 3. Running in the halls as the most prolematic things in American high schools. I can't even imagine what they are now. I'm not saying all was hunky dory in 57', far from it, but something is to be said about morals and values, and dare I say it, faith.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I can't imagine feeling confident enough as a teen to take nude pics of myself. I was so insecure as a teenager. I would have been terrified of every little imperfection. I wouldn't have wanted to be known around the caf as the girl with the lopsided chest or Lincoln shaped mole on her butt. It was awful enough when I was caught wearing the same pair of jeans two days in a row.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
this is just another story that reminds me of how lucky i am to have been a teenager in the 90s when it was fashionable to wear the baggiest, dirtiest jeans you could find and a flannel shirt. and i'm being serious. if i were 15 now i'd probably have 5 eating disorders and a meth addiction. i feel so bad for girls now - they are dressing like prostitutes at age 8. the pressure is immense.
passionfruittwst passionfruittwst 9 years
There was a scandal at my school some time ago, a freshy had sent nude photos of herself to her boyfriend...who then showed his friends... and the school administrators found out. This girl (as far as I know) didn't get into much trouble (2 weeks of suspension. thats better than getting the federal law involved in this, though we did have news reporters flocking our school)...just complete public humiliation and forever known as "the-girl-who-took-nudeypics-of-herself". Last I heard, her parents are sending her to a boarding school in Sweden, or something of that sort.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Hmm... note to self - shred photos and delete all video files. Must destroy every trace. Trust no one!
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
if something like that were to happen to you, not that your dumb enough to allow a boyfriend to take nude pics of you on his cell phone and then dump him before "accidentally" dropping it in the toilet, you can sue for slander, defamation of character and invasion of privacy. all of which are not illegal but you may receive damages because your thousands of people saw you nekkid on myspace. most likely the parents were sooo outraged about what happened and that there he was going to get away with this without any punishment, that they got their local law enforcement to pull the charges out of their ass.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
i am awesomeness, I feel really bad for the girl too. Obviously she won't suffer from jail time or a criminal record or anything like that, but can you imagine going into high school everyday with kids that have seen nude pics of you on the internet? I'm not so old (25) that I don't remember how awful teens can be to each other in hs. I would have had to drop out. Plus I'm sure she will be scarred in other ways. Her ability to trust and be intimate with men will probably be affected. Hopefully it will help her make better decisions about who she dates and who she trusts rather than hurting her future relationships.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Wow all these strange analogies from me tonight, but, honestly, the only example I can think of are celebrities that tried to repress videos or photos. Didn't Jennifer Aniston or Gwyn Paltrow win a case against paps who snapped her topless? And weren't those photos kept undistributed? This girl's parents should just do whatever Gwyn did instead of trying to pursue child prono charges. I don't think what I just typed made any sense. I'm sure some one out there will let me know if it didn't. :)
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Yes, it most likely is the girlfriend's parents that are making this the issue. I think it just goes back to one of the basic terms of law-- intent. This 17 year old most likely did not have a truly depraved mind, he was just bitter about the breakup for whatever reason and used the only ammo he had to make him look like Mr. Tough Guy and not look like a loser in front of his friends. This would be a more modern and extreme version than say, writing comments about her on the bathroom wall or bad-mouthing her in the locker room or something like that. I know it sounds like I'm trivializing it but maybe I just feel more connected to these kids since I'm not much older than them. And I remembered the guy's name: Genarlow Wilson. It would be unfortunate if this 17-year old ends up with the child porn charge on his record forever and has to go through what poor Genarlow Wilson has had to go through over the past few years.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Would their be any legal action I could take as an adult if my boyfriend posted pics on me with out my knowledge? I know celebs always supposedly try to keep sex tapes under wraps (::cough :: b*llsh*t ::cough::) but is there anything you could do if you were unwilling to have your image distributed? I know colin farrell was actually able to win his law suit and block his tape. Because that's probably one of the major issues, that this girl didn't intend to become a nude internet model and that the pic was probably posted without her knowledge.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
the girlfriends parents are most likely making this an issue, the psyche of kids are that they follow each other and im sure its not the first time someone has done something like this at their school. i understand what your saying but the laws are kind of jacked up anyways. i mean whose to say that under that same line of thinking, that the 17 year old wont end up on the sex offender list. isnt it mandatory that you end up on that list for child pornography?
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
This is kinda off topic but it just made me think. If the same 17 yr old had instead, taken pics or video of his 5 yr old sister dancing naked in the living room and then posted it on myspace because he thought it was funny, would the law even care? Or do we think it is the girlfriend's parents who are making this an issue?
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I wasn't saying it was the same thing I was just pointing out that posting pics of a minor on the interent is against the law. If it was a 53 yr old, he'd go to jail and be put on the sex offender list. I'm not saying they should be tried the same. In fact I believe I stated that in my earlier post. The fact is, what's against the law for one age group, is still against the law for the other. Like, Crazysexycool said, it is an imperfect law because it states that all images like that are considered child pronography. But if they don't take any action, are they then setting a precedent?
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
kastarte-there is a HUGE difference between a 17 year old posting nude pictures of his 16 year girlfriend and a 53 year old posting pics of his 16 year old girlfriend. besides the obvious ick factor, the idea that a 17 year old has the same decision making skills as a 53 year old is crazy. this kid was doing it mainly to embarrass the girlfriend, i seriously doubt he knew his actions would be considered child porn especially since he is a minor himself. the guy is guilty of being a dick, but to be charged criminally is just a waste of time and money.
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