Canadian teen convicted of child pornography after sexting naked pics


A Canadian teenager has been convicted after texting naked photos of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend to one of her friends.

The girl, who was 16 when the offense took place, was charged with the possession as well as dissemination of child pornography, and judge in Victoria, British Columbia, found her guilty. It didn’t help the girl’s case that her intentions towards the ex seemed to include intimidation as well as humiliation. An indication of this was the fact that she posted one of the pictures on the ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page.

Christopher Mackie, who acted as the girl’s defense, thinks that the conviction of child pornography is out of place. “These child pornography laws were intended to protect children, not to persecute them,” he said to CBC. “There seems to be a number of people involved, but there has only been one person charged with an¬†offence,” he added.

The crown’s prosecutor for the case, Chandra Fisher, on the other hand, sees this as more of a cautionary tale. “Always be careful of what you allow of pictures to be taken, what you send to whom,” she said. “[Teenagers] need to be careful what they send, what they send to each other and where it might end up.”

On this one, I will have to side with the crown. It doesn’t matter your age — if you distribute illicit photos of underaged kids, then you should be help accountable.

[via BBC News, CBC News, CTV News]

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