A 16-year-old Virginia girl was charged with a child porn felony for tweeting her own naked pictures.
The girl, whose name has not been revealed, was charged as a juvenile with “possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography,” Stephanie Williams-Ortery of James City County Police told the Huffington Post.
“The young lady acknowledged that she had posted the pictures of herself [and] the mother acknowledged that the photos were of her daughter,” the officer said.
It’s not clear how many lewd pictures are involved in the case, but they were posted sometime around January 30. The police were warned by an anonymous tip.
Being a juvenile, the girl is not required to register as a sex offender under Virginia law. But she would have to comply with a court order, which is likely to tell her and her parents to take a sexting education program.
Some people in the community don’t agree with the harsh charge brought against the teen, according to local broadcaster WAVY.
“I don’t think she should be charged with child pornography, because she is a child herself, but if she was 18 or older of course,” said one local parent, Emily Altman.
“That is distributing,child pornography?” said another parent, Dometre Mobley. “She is a child, I don’t know what to think of that really.”