Man charged with child porn after 17-year-old girlfriend sent him nude photos of herselfBy Mason White 2:41 PM May 14, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A teenager is angry that her boyfriend was arrested for possessing child pornography after she sent him nude photos of herself.
The 17-year-old girl who sent intimate photos of herself to her boyfriend, is devastated after police decided to charge him with possession of child pornography.
The teenager who is four months away from being 18, said that she was traumatized by the way she and her 22-year-old boyfriend have been treated by police.
The man said that he did not know it was illegal to exchange sexy selfies with a girlfriend.
Under current law, a 16-year-old child can legally consent to having sex, but they can get in trouble for possessing child pornography if they possess and share photos of their own legal sexual activities.
The man, who has not been named, was charged with possession of indecent photographs of children under the Protection of Children Act.
The teenager and her mother are calling for a change in the law to protect consensual couples from getting into legal trouble in situations like this.
The photos of the teenage girl were discovered after police seized the man’s phone in an unrelated incident.
Police questioned the girl and she was asked very personal questions about her sex life. Police decided not to prosecute her because of her age, but her boyfriend was arrested and charged.
The teenager said that she is very distressed over the fact that the police officer went through her personal photos, which she sent to her boyfriend.
“I keep imagining them watching it and laughing. It makes me feel physically sick,” she said.