Teenagers In A Motel Room Spells Trouble

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Last week, I shared research on three teens that made online threats to shoot up a school. Two of the three boys served time in jail for their actions.

While awaiting sentencing for the online threat charges, the older of the two boys was arrested on child pornography charges.

BLOG POST #129: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving teenagers and child pornography.

Party Tonight

Nothing good can happen when a group of teenagers party in a motel room. Two teens, a 15-year-old male, and a 13-year-old female were engaging in sex on one of the two beds in the room when the 18-year-old teen began recording them.

According to her testimony, the female said she told the older teen to stop recording. She continued having sex even though the boy had not stopped recording. Although the boy did say, he’d delete the video.

Pornography is Pornography

Not only did he not delete the video he shared it with friends via the Internet.

Because the victim was a minor, recording the video qualifies as producing, distributing and possessing child pornography in the state where the crime occurred.

Compounding Charges

The video may have gone unnoticed had it not been for the school shooting threat case. Law enforcement searched the older teen’s phone for information on the threat case when they found the video.

Originally charged with five counts, the oldest teen pleaded guilty to Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material, a four-year felony charge. And he’ll be on the sex offender registry for 15 years.

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-Robin

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