Art Vandelay wrote:This thread is worthless without one of those "This thread is worthless without pics" smileys.
Well, that's really the problem. If someone posted them online, they'd be distributing child pron. That's what a naked picture of a 16 year old is.
Art Vandelay wrote:I think it's ridiculous to charge someone with a sex crime for taking pictures of themselves. I also think it's stupid to charge a 15-17 year old with a sex crime for having pictures that another 15-17 year old gave them.
Point taken. But here's the thing. If this becomes ok, some schmuck will start a website offering big $$ to young girls who submit pictures they take of themselves. Even bigger $$ for pictures they take themselves getting busy. As long as they just send it to "friends" that's ok right?
Now I can sympathize with kids being young and stupid. They're just doing this for fun, they're not trying to break any laws, etc etc. If a girl snaps a picture of her ta-tas on her cell phone, what's the big deal? If she sends it to her boyfriend, what's the problem? He sends it to some friends, all in good fun right? Whole school has it, still ok? Now kids from other schools get it and it's online, how we looking? At some point, is it a crime for someone to have this naked picture of a minor? Or are we throwing that law out entirely? Kiddie porn is ok if they do it to themselves? What's so different of a friend helps take the pictures? Seriously, do we draw a line anywhere? Well, you can bet if one of those kids cell phones got stolen they're going to play the child porn card to keep their pics from being distributed.
I don't see how we change the current laws at all. Sexually oriented pictures of a minor = child porn = jail time. And I hear that's one crime even criminals aren't keen on. Possession of said materials has to remain a crime with a pretty high price tag.