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Father Reports Son To Police Over Child Porn Picture

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The father of a 17-year-old boy has reported his son to the police after discovering child pornography on the young man's phone.

Paul Spensberger stated that he found two nude pictures of a toddler taken by his son Andrew, according to the Daily Mail.

 Paul found the images after confiscating the phone from Andrew on Dec. 30, 2017, as a punishment for bad behavior, KTVI reported.

When questioned about the pictures, Andrew alleged he took them to sell them to a classmate. He added that he hoped to make $350 from the pictures and that he needed the money to pay off debts.

Paul said he was "disgusted" when he found the pictures. The toddler, who is a member of his girlfriend's family, was sleeping on the floor at a home in O'Fallon, Missouri, when Andrew took the photos. Paul stated that his girlfriend's family has forgiven Andrew for his actions.

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Paul added that he believed Andrew when he said he wanted to sell the pictures. Paul alleged that there were several "twisted" students at the school Andrew attended.

"He was in a bind [for money]... and I have no doubt there are kids at his school that would buy s**t like that," he added.

Andrew is being held in the county jail with bail set at $10,000.

"He feels like s**t," said Paul, who runs his own construction business. "He feels remorse and he is scared, he's facing time in prison. I could go and get him but he needs to learn."

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Paul explained that the decision he made was not easy, but he said he didn't feel he had any other option, especially because the phone Andrew used was registered in his brother's name.

"I don't know if I would do the same thing again now," he added. "I don't know what exactly I was expecting."

Andrew has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography. If he is found guilty, he faces up to four years in prison.

Andrew's mother, who is separated from  Paul, said she is concerned that if Andrew goes to prison, he will be attacked due to the nature of the alleged offense, the Daily Mail reported.

Andrew is due to appear in court for a hearing Jan. 10.

The Kansas City Star reported that readers were mostly supportive of Paul's actions.

"Proud of that parent for reporting his son," wrote one reader.

"How to destroy your life in 3 easy steps," commented another.

Sources: Daily Mail, KTVI, The Kansas City Star / Featured Image: Pexels / Embedded Images: Law enforcement via The Kansas City Star, Japanexperterna

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