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    Default Teens charged with sexual exploitation for sexting each other

    A North Carolina 17-year-old caught in a sexting scandal faces charges of sexually exploiting a minor that could land him in jail for up to 10 years, since the law considers him an adult. But one of the minors he supposedly exploited is himself­—which raises an obvious question: how can a teen be old enough to face adult felony charges, but not old enough to keep a nude picture of himself on his phone?

    Unfortunately, that’s the Kafka-esque nightmare in which Fayetteville-area high schooler Cormega Copening finds himself after exchanging private nude photos with his girlfriend—with whom he is legally allowed to have sex, but not to sext.

    Cormega Copening and his girlfriend Brianna Denson, are like other teenagers in that they have more than a passing interest in sex. Indeed, when they were 16, they exchanged racy sexy photos via text message. Denson sent pictures to Copening, and Copening sent pictures to Denson. It appears that no one else saw the pictures until local authorities searched Copening’s phone and discovered them.

    Why did they search his phone? It’s not clear, but local news reports claimed that it had nothing to do with the sexts themselves. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment. According to fayobserver.com, there is no record of a search warrant being issued for Copening’s phone.

    Both teens were charged with sexual exploitation. Denson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was given 12 months of probation.

    Copening, however, is still facing two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation and three counts of third-degree exploitation. As Ricochet’s Tom Meyer points out, the third-degree charges—which constitute a majority of the total charges—actually stem from the pictures Copening had of himself. The implication is clear: Copening does not own himself, from the standpoint of the law, and is not free to keep sexually-provocative pictures, even if they depict his own body.

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    just an example of how technology and changes in cultural values runs ahead of laws

    I could see where the idea of him having inappropriate images of a minor (even tho she is "of age") comes in.

    those photos can get shared without permission and once out there are out there and out of your control forever.

    but it's still odd. If she is of age to consent to sex, and consented to the photos being taken, I cannot see a crime. If he shared the photos, then yes, I could see it. You have to think of the "end user" of such material and whom it could be shared with.

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    Daisy, I think you've misunderstood the charges. Both were charged with having pictures of each other, and the girl pleaded to lesser charges. The boy, Cormega Copening, has not pleaded to the 'crimse.'

    However, having pictures of each other wasn't what they were mostly charged with. The majority of the charges against both the girl and the boy were for having pictures of herself and himself, respectively, on their own phones.

    In North Carolina, you can be charged as an adult at 16. So in other words, the boy, Cormega Copening is a minor who is being charged as an adult for having sexually explicit pictures on his phone of a minor that also happens to also be him.

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    We need to have a Court of Common Sense, where one can appeal. If the court decides that a lower court is technically correct, but that the law is being applied in a ridiculous manner, then they can overturn the ruling or hand out a lesser, more apt punishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHisback View Post
    We need to have a Court of Common Sense, where one can appeal. If the court decides that a lower court is technically correct, but that the law is being applied in a ridiculous manner, then they can overturn the ruling or hand out a lesser, more apt punishment.
    They already do that shit for celebrities.
    What we need to do is enforce the law to the fullest extent regardless.
    Fuck these pervs ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law.

 

 

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