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15-Year-Old Arrested for Child Porn

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 9: A South Korean sends a text massage on a mobile phone in a cafe on January 9, 2006 in Seoul, South Korea. Most S. Korean youths see mobile phones as an essential part of their social life, changing their communication behaviour patterns. A survey conducted by the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion, an arm of the Ministry of Communication, reported of 1,100 students tested 4 in 10 send and receives text messages during class time and that the same amount send over 1,000 text messages a month.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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It’s every parent’s nightmare: Your 15-year-old daughter has a gal pal, and that gal pal has a boyfriend. One day, as a lark, your daughter films the couple engaged in oral sex. Then the friends have a falling out. Then your daughter, in typical 15-year-old fashion, decides to strike back by showing the video to others.

This exact scenario unfolded this week in Florida—and then the video shows up on Twitter. The end result? You daughter is charged with a felony in child porn.

Seem extreme? In this digital age, maybe that’s what it takes to drive home just how serious this issue is. "More and more teenagers are sending pictures of themselves and each other in compromising poses," Officer Melanie Snow told the Daily News. "We want children and parents to know that this is a felony. It's not just some silly thing that won't have a long-term effect on your life."

"Possession of child pornography is [a crime] no matter what age they are," agreed Detective William Lindsey. "If she had taken a picture of herself in sexual conduct, she could be charged with child pornography."

All we can say is this: We’re pretty sure the cops have scared this 15-year-old to stop sexting for good. We also hope she doesn’t suffer too much—she’s probably one of many doing questionable things with the cameras and video cameras on their phones. So, to make an example of this one girl seems extreme.

Still, we applaud the fact that someone’s trying to drive home to kids that this is serious business. If you question that wisdom, just ask yourself: How’d you feel if your daughter was the one forever memorialized going down on some teenage boy on Twitter?

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