Crime

17-Year-Old Canadian Girl Convicted Of Child Porn Over Nude Pics Of Boyfriend’s Ex

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 17-year-old girl in British Columbia was convicted of child pornography after she shared nude photographs of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.

The girl, who was not identified, sent the three nude pictures to a friend in a fit of jealousy and also posted one on Facebook.

She was also charged with making threats via texts and messages to the ex claiming she would beat her up if she ever came near her Victoria school.

The girl, who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, claimed it was an attempt to keep the ex away from her man.

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She was convicted of possessing and disturbing child pornography and uttering threats on Friday.

"It's something she regrets. … Neither she nor any of the youths involved realized the jeopardy they were placing themselves in," said the teen's defense attorney, Christopher Mackie.

This is the first sexting conviction for a Canadian teen.

Mackie says they plan to appeal the ruling because it is unconstitutional to charge a minor for sharing nude photos of a minor, when adults can share nude photos of adults without breaking the law.

"These child pornography laws were intended to protect children, not to persecute them, and again it seems the criminal justice system, it's a heavy hammer to be using," he said.

Crown Prosecutor Chandra Fisher said she hopes the convictions will serve as an example to teens.

"(Teens) need to be careful what they send, what they send to each other and where it might end up," Fisher said.

A recent study found that sexting in middle school puts children at risk for starting sexual activity.

"We know early adolescents are using mobile phones and all forms of technology more and more and we know that early adolescence is a time when people become engaged in sexual activity," said psychologist Christopher Houck, the study author and lead researcher.

Sources: CBC News, New York Daily News