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Virginia Teen Charged With Child Porn After Tweeting Nude Selfies

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A Virginia teen is facing child pornography charges after she allegedly tweeted nude photographs of herself.

The James City County Police Department says it received an anonymous tip about nude pictures posted by a 16-year-old girl on or around Jan. 30.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams-Ortery told WAVY that the photos were also sent to some boys.

The girl and her mother were contacted by a school resource officer. Her phone was confiscated and she was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography.

The teen and her parents may be ordered by juvenile court to attend a sexting education program.

Local parents were surprised at the severe charge.

“I don’t think she should be charged with child pornography, because she is a child herself, but if she was 18 or older of course,” parent Emily Altman told WAVY.

“That is distributing, child pornography?” said parent Dometre Mobley. “She is a child, I don’t know what to think of that really.”

Williams-Ortery hopes that this case will make more teens aware of what they share on social media.

“It’s not just friends that see what they post but also strangers and everyone else out there,” she said. “You have no idea who’s out there watching. You never know who’s going to see what you post.”

Kids can get into trouble even if they didn’t take the photo.

“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,” she added.

Sources: My Fox 8, WAVY.com


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