Canadian teen’s texts lead to child porn charges

January 11, 2014

In a controversial decision by a Canadian court, a teen who texted racy photos of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend was found guilty of distributing child pornography.

Crown Prosecutor Chandra Fisher spoke with reporters about the first-of-its-kind case. From CNN:

The case began in November 2012 when the teen learned that her 17-year-old boyfriend was still in contact with his former girlfriend.

“The accused was not at all happy that he was still in touch with his ex,” Fisher (Crown Prosecutor) told CNN.

The teenager initially threatened the ex-girlfriend on Facebook, the prosecutor said. She then texted five explicit pictures of the ex-girlfriend that she found on her boyfriend’s phone to a group of people, Fisher said.

The teen was also convicted of uttering threats. Her name is not being used in the press due to her age.

The prosecutor won’t speculate on what kind of sentence she may receive, but her attorney told CNN that the charges are inappropriate, and she should be charged with online bullying instead.

She is currently out on bail while she awaits sentencing.

I have a few thoughts on this case, and the first one is that I think the charges are a little bit much. I don’t agree with what the girl did by any means, but haven’t we all done something stupid at that age? I tend to agree with her attorney, that a charge of online bullying would have been sufficient, assuming that’s a possible charge in Canada.

My second thought on this might age me a little bit, but what in the world are teens thinking nowadays when they send naked pictures of themselves, and post scandalous things (in this case, threats on Facebook) on the internet? What you put out there, stays out there, but that seems to be a difficult concept for some people to grasp.

I’ll post updates below.

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