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Weird Headline of the Day

Posted on | February 21, 2013 | 12 Comments

Your 14-Year-Old Daughter Is
Probably A Child Pornographer

Yeah, that got your attention in a hurry, didn’t it? It’s “Advice Goddess” Amy Alkon’s reaction to a report from Massachusetts about a prosecutor who is fed up with teenagers using cellphones to send each other naughty pictures of themselves:

“When they start sharing photos like this, we are going to start charging people with the manufacturing, dissemination and possession of child pornography, and they’re going to go to court.”

Shame on you for suspecting that Berkshire Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III‘s interest in the evidence of these crimes is not entirely a matter of professional duty.

Kids: Don’t send naked pictures to your friends. Your photos could end up on the hard drive of a prosecuting attorney’s computer.



  • smitty

    It’s all a part of the Total Criminalization strategy. It’s a left-handed way of uniting us all. In crime. Sweet.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Three felonies a day per person, on average.

  • McGehee

    Yep. Too many laws + prosecutorial discretion = tyranny.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Child pornography laws were written back when photography involved spending large amounts of time in darkrooms. The way they’re written, they don’t even consider the possibility that the person taking the picture of the nude minor is the minor themselves, so laws that were intended to keep adult perverts off the street are being applied to the kids, which is just insane. It’s impossible to write laws to protect kids from pornographers when the kids are the pornographers.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Think this is bad? Wait till some kid sends a pic of himself holding a toy gun in his undies. He’ll be riddled by the SWAT team.

  • BruceC

    Consider this in the light of statutory rape laws. How can someone who cannot “consent” to actual sex because of their age, and could in fact have actual sex without legal risk to themselves, be charged with a crime like this. I know that our legal system is not long on consistency. But this is just nuts.

  • Alan Kellogg

    Instead of housing all those delinquent kids, how about spending the money on maintaining infrastructure?

  • Adjoran

    I recently read an article which claimed that most of the photos on legal, “soft” kiddie porn sites were lifted from Facebook and taken by the girls themselves.

  • Adjoran

    Glenn Reynolds has a journal article on that subject, “Due Process When Everything is Criminal” or something like that.

  • Andrew Patrick

    As my students say, creepers gonna creep.