This is the situation.....Dimwit Debbie (we shall simply give her the name) is 15 years old. Debbie lives in Ohio. Debbie attends a school called Licking Valley High School. The school had a session with every student about a month ago....to ensure that they understood the law and nude cell-phone photographs. Debbie was pulled to the side after this and kinda had reinforced comments made to her.
This week......this 15-year-old girl was charged for apparently doing exactly what she was cautioned against.
The boy who received the photo.....was charged as well.
So the charges....child porn. Yep.....because she was 15. So she gets charged for having the photo on her cellphone and the potential boyfriend gets the same charge. Guess what? If either are convicted......of this child pornography charge....they get listed as a sexual offender for 20 years, potentially.
She has at least one charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a second-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
She is a foster child, so this plays into the situation as well. I'm guessing the DA really doesn't want to mess with this case at all. It creates various scenarios that the prosecution community simply isn't prepared for. Lets say she gets lots of attention, and within a month.....dozens of 14-year old girls are giving out their pictures to boyfriends? What if boyfriends and girlfriends of 15 years old exchange such pictures?
Twenty-five years ago.....this kind of situation simply didn't happen. Technology has dragged itself into our backyard and created various things that we simply can't stop. If some 13 year old girl wants to behave like some "slut".....she could very easily get a serious charge put up and be labeled as some sex offender for years. Your legal costs? Don't even sit and think about this.
Will this get any easier? No, in fact.....I'll judge things to get much worse as time goes by.