Feeds

US teen cuffed for sending nude phone pics

...of herself

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

A 15-year-old Ohio girl was arrested on felony child pornography charges for allegedly sending nude cell phone pictures of herself to classmates. Authorities are considering charging some of the students who received the photos as well.

The unnamed student from Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio was arrested Friday after school officials discovered the materials and notified police. She spent the weekend in juvenile detention and entered a plea of "deny" on Monday, according to The NewarkAdvocate.com.

Charges include illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and possession of criminal tools. If convicted, the girl could be forced to register as a sexual offender for 20 years, but because of her age, the judge hearing the case has some flexibility in the matter, an official told the Advocate.

The pictures came to light after a Licking County prosecutor began visiting high schools to educate students on the consequences of transmitting nude photos by cell phone. According to one student interviewed by 10TV News, the teens were warned they could serve 20 years if convicted.

A student later notified an adult of the nude cell phone pictures, and the adult in turn contacted school officials. School officials had pulled the girl aside and warned her about the behavior immediately after the presentation, according to a separate article by the Advocate.

This isn't the first case in which zealous American prosecutors have used child pornography statutes to protect vulnerable juveniles from themselves. In 2004, a 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend took pictures of themselves while naked and engaged in unspecified "sexual behavior." They didn't show the pictures to anyone, but they did send them to the boy's email address.

Eventually each was charged with producing, directing, or promoting a photograph featuring the sexual conduct of a child. The boy was also charged with an extra count of possession of child pornography. As CNET News reported here, the girl's conviction was upheld last year on appeal.

Licking County prosecutors say they have received some 20 cases involving questionable cell phone pictures. They say investigators are trying to determine how many juveniles received nude photos of the girl and have left open the possibility that others will be charged in the incident.

The girl, who is a foster child, remains under house arrest. She is not allowed to have access to a cell phone or the internet except for school purposes and then only with adult supervision. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes
That's not the website you're looking for
ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade
Nothing we can do to stop them, says decentralized network
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.