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Teen Girl Charged With Child Porn For Tweeting Nude Photos Of Self

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An unidentified 16-year-old girl in James City County, Va. has been charged with distribution of child pornography for allegedly taking pictures of herself (“selfies”) and posting them on Twitter.

“It’s not just friends that see what they post but also strangers and everyone else out there,” Stephanie Williams-Ortery, a spokesperson for the James City County Police Department, told WAVY. “You have no idea who’s out there watching. You never know who’s going to see what you post.”

Originally, a school resource officer was told by an unidentified source about the nude pictures. Police then confiscated the teen's cell phone and arrested her.

Local residents were shocked that the teen was being charged for posting pictures of herself, but the ACLU reported this type of prosecution has been going on since 2009 when three teen girls were charged, but a judge threw the case out, noted Tech Dirt.

Some legal experts say this teen will likely have to take a Sexting Education program, reports CBS Washington D.C.

The teen is not the only person who could be charged, so could her friends or anyone else who forwards the pictures.

“I would hope that they would not then forward it on to their friends because then they become guilty also of distribution of child pornography, whether they know that or not,” added Williams-Ortery.

Sources: ACLU, WAVY, CBS Washington D.C., Tech Dirt

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