A 17 year old in North Carolina was prosecuted for keeping naked images of himself on his own cellphone when he was 16. He also had one image of his naked girlfriend, Brianna Denson. She was prosecuted too for having suggestive and naked images of herself on her phone.
They went after the boy on felony charges!
Did these kids even know it was illegal?
The images weren’t sent to anyone else.
The boy, Cormega Copening of Fayetteville was prosecuted as an adult under federal child pornography laws. He sexually exploited a minor – himself.
He had to strike a plea deal or end up going to jail and being registered as a sex offender. He is the high school quarterback and was suspended from the team for months while he awaited the outcome of the case.
He will be subject to warrantless searches for a year! He suffered humiliation and other government restrictions. The girlfriend had to go to a class and give up her cellphone for a year.
Is this the government’s job now? They’re going to discipline our kids and threaten to send them to jail for something they have on their phone? So what he didn’t have his clothes on??? There were no victims and the government is criminalizing naked pictures on cellphones.
Other states have these sexting laws on the books but haven’t used them to this extreme.
The laws they used to prosecute the teens were meant to keep predators from exploiting minors. This seems like a clear case of abuse of powers.
If the teens do as directed, their records will be cleared after a year. Big of the government.