Teen arrested for nude MySpace pics
Teen arrested for nude MySpace pics may avoid jail
TRENTON, N.J. – A girl arrested for posting nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com may avoid jail and sex offender laws, according to a prosecutor handling the case.The 14-year-old Clifton girl was arrested this week and charged with child pornography and distribution of child pornography for allegedly posting nearly 30 explicit pictures on the social networking site.The charges carry penalties of up to 17 years in jail, and those convicted of distribution of child pornography can be required to register as a sex offender.Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Susan Greco on Friday said she can’t talk specifically about the case because she has not yet received it from police or seen the photos.
“But generally speaking, a person charged with this, with no priors, would not get jail and would most likely not be required to register as a sex offender,” Greco said.
Prosecutors were not consulted about the charges before police arrested the girl Tuesday but have vast discretion to recommend that the charges are changed.
Police were tipped off to the photos by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. After a monthlong investigation, they determined that the girl posted the pictures so her boyfriend could see them. She was arrested but released into her mother’s custody.
A court date has not been set for her, Greco said.
Many people are critical of the move by police to cite the girl with such a severe charge, including the mother of the Megan Kanka, whose death inspired Megan’s Law. The law requires governments to alert neighbors of convicted sexual predators in their midst.