By: Kyle James | 09-15-2017 | News
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Washington Supreme Court: Teen Sending Nude Photos Of Himself Was A Crime

The Washington Supreme Court in Olympia has decided it was a crime for a teenage boy to send an unsolicited, sexually explicit picture himself despite the recipient being an adult woman. The ruling which ended in a 6-3 split on Thursday when the court decided that the state's child pornography law covers minors sending pictures of themselves, at least when recipients are unwilling.

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The majority of the Supreme Court decided the law refers to any person who creates or distributes child porn, even the child themselves. The majority did not specify whether the ruling would still apply to teens who consensually send explicit pictures when the recipients are other teens.

Those opposed to the ruling argued that the Legislature was intended to protect minors, not to prosecute them, and they felt the ruling would lead to extreme or absurd results. They further argued that the ruling would make it a crime for a child who is groomed by an adult to succumb to that grooming by taking such photos, essentially making criminals out of victims.

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