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Teen Boy Will Be Charged As Adult For Having Naked Pics of a Minor...Himself
Posted 9/4/15 , edited 9/4/15
http://reason.com/blog/2015/09/02/teen-boy-will-be-charged-as-adult-for-ha

A North Carolina 17-year-old caught in a sexting scandal faces charges of sexually exploiting a minor that could land him in jail for up to 10 years, since the law considers him an adult. But one of the minors he supposedly exploited is himself­—which raises an obvious question: how can a teen be old enough to face adult felony charges, but not old enough to keep a nude picture of himself on his phone?

Posted 9/4/15


^ lol, who's this?
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severticas wrote:



^ lol, who's this?

Nick Young
An NBA player.
Posted 9/4/15 , edited 9/5/15
Anzn, The teen obviously is a pedo or else he wouldn't want to see himself naked. We aren't even allowed to see ourselves naked in the mirror until 18. I don't even know what I look like.
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As a lawyer who has handled these types of issues on a pro bono basis (my other work involves complex litigation), these crazy news stories and incidents result from inconsistency between state and federal law, especially with respect to the age of consent laws. In 36 states, the age of consent is 16 without any close in age exceptions. What that means is that a 16 year old boy or girl can have sex with a person of any age in these 16 states. In these 36 states, the state legislature and governor has decided that a 16 year old is mature enough to make informed decisions about sex.

However, federal law criminalizes any pornographic images of any person under age 18. Therefore, the person who can legally have sex with anyone of any age becomes a federal child pornography producer when she/he takes naked photos, which is punishable by a 15-year minimum federal sentence, and the person receiving the photos is guilty of receipt of child pornography, which averages around 7 years in federal prison (not to mention lifetime registration as a sex offender). Logically, if a 16 year old can have vagina/anal/oral sex with anyone—man or woman—of any age, he or she should be able to take a photo of their genitals. But that is not what federal law states.
The weirdness doesn't stop there. If any 18 year old crosses the state line from Kansas City, Missouri to Kansas City, Kansas to have sex with his 16 year old girlfriend, he is potentially guilty of travel to have illicit sex under federal law, which results in an average 12 year federal sentence. This is true even though the age of consent in Kansas is 16. College students traveling home to have sex with their 17 year old girlfriends are at risk of becoming “child sex predators.

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Although the vast majority of federal and state prosecutors recognize these type of cases create crazy results and will refuse to prosecute (or offer plea bargains), that is not always the case. There are plenty of prosecutors who see this as a moral crusade or a career builder and pursue these type of cases. I have seen a 19 year old sent to federal prison for 9 years for filing himself and his 17 year old girlfriend having sex (in a state where the age of consent is 16). I have seen a 30 year old sent to prison for 17 years for receiving two naked photos from a 17 year old (who took them in a state where the age of consent was 16).”


TL;DR Even if your state says you're a consenting adult by 16, federal law says that you can't produce pornography till you're 18, so shit gets confusing and you get tried as an adult for taking advantage of your underage self to take evil evil pornos.

From a guy called Legal1777ghe on reddit

Basically, American laws are inconsistent and stupid.
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So what is the solution to this? Do we legalize pornographic images of individuals above the age of consent? Do we utilize a system like we have for sex in some areas where the individuals have to be within several years of each other (but then is there a point in which having these images becomes illegal)?

I think it is tremendously stupid to make having naked pictures of yourself be illegal, but past that the law just becomes an absolute confusing mess of solutions that I have a hard time believing people would accept.
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Wait, so he's old enough to be charged as an adult, but he's still not old enough to not be considered a minor anymore?

How can you even get in trouble for having a picture of yourself?! What idiot arrested this guy for something that stupid?
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Doesn't that make a lot of Americans paedophiles? I'm pretty sure most 16-18 year olds have molested themselves at some point.
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Doesn't that make a lot of Americans paedophiles? I'm pretty sure most 16-18 year olds have molested themselves at some point.


I'm pretty sure both boys and girls have been molesting themselves since before 16.......................................................................................................................................................... and I think girls start at insane ages, like 8 or 10 or 5... it was even on House MD.
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Seems legit

Remember guys taking your 5 year old to go see SAW is normal...But if theres anything sexy going your satan.
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I'm pretty sure both boys and girls have been molesting themselves since before 16.......................................................................................................................................................... and I think girls start at insane ages, like 8 or 10 or 5... it was even on House MD.


Ah, but it's at the ages of 16-18 that the legal grey zone is. Before 16, you're just a kid playing with yourself.

But I started pretty, like when I hit my teens? Remember thinking I missed out on this great amazing thing for so long at the time.
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This just goes to show you, never keep naked pics of yourself on your phone, if you're not of legal age to take naked pics of yourself. Although if you keep naked pics of your b/f or g/f on the phone thats totally fine.
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Literately one of the dumbest charges to ever be leveled at someone.
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Anzn, The teen obviously is a pedo or else he wouldn't want to see himself naked. We aren't even allowed to see ourselves naked in the mirror until 18. I don't even know what I look like.


what? we aren't allowed to see ourselves naked in the mirror til 18? what kind of BS is that? just wtf… ? I mean it's not like bathrooms with showers are forbidden to have mirrors? or are they?
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