Child created and distributed Child porn according to state laws
A 14-year-old girl who sent her boyfriend naked photos she took of herself is facing up to 10 years in jail and being placed on the sex offenders register, according to reports.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN) has said the charge is perverting the states child pornography laws and demands that the felony is “thrown out.”
The girl, know only as Jane Doe, admits to sending a sexually explicit selfie to a boy she met at school using the social media platform, Snapchat.
After the boy began sharing the photo widely, both were charged. Earlier this year, a 12-year old girl who was forced into sending sexually explicit pictures of herself to a pedophile faced criminal charges under the same child pornography law.
rt.com reports: “Sexting is common among teens at my school,” Doe said in a statement released by ACLU-MN, “and we shouldn’t face charges for doing it.
I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’m going through.” Minnesota’s child pornography laws explicitly state that they are intended to protect victims.
So why is Rice County using them to victimize a teenage girl for sending a sext to someone at her school? ACLU legal director Teresa Nelson, who’s defending Doe, says the girl’s family is “upset,” as “this could have a devastating effect on her life,” KSTP reported.
“The purpose of the law is to protect people who are victimized, to protect children who are victimized,” Nelson said. “We don’t have a victim in this case. She was not coerced. She was not creating child pornography of someone else.”