MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A teenage girl facing criminal charges after she sent an explicit selfie through Snapchat to a classmate says she is not a criminal.

“Sexting is common among teens at my school, and we shouldn’t face charges for doing it. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’m going through,” the 14-year-old girl said in a statement released by the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.

ACLU-MN says they are in full support of “Jane Doe,” and suggested the prosecution is not taking into account the intent of the state’s child pornography statute.

“No reasonable kid would realize that what she is doing is wrong and that what she is doing is a felony and so that’s another reason that the court should not allow this prosecution to go forward,” ACLU-MN legal director Teresa Nelson said.

The ACLU-MN said that the laws exist to prosecute people who endanger or victimize juveniles.

“To suggest that a juvenile who sends a sexually explicit selfie is a victim of her own act of child pornography is illogical,” Nelson said. “Child pornography laws are supposed to protect minors from predators, and Jane Doe is not a predator.”

According to the ACLU-MN, the girl, who currently faces felony charges in Rice County, would be forced to register as a predatory sex offender for the next 10 years if she’s found guilty.

Comments (18)
  1. We all know the US as a nation is completely failing. Here is another example of the explosion of insanity. I pity the poor shmucks who will have to endure this collapse in to Dystopia. I strongly suggest EMIGRATE while you still can. The next decade is going to be a deadly one in the US. Far deadlier than the collapse of the soviet union.

    1. Ken Rose says:

      Please emigrate ASAP! As a parent I don’t want explicit images of My daughter going around the internet! And, yes, making child porn is illegal. Where are her parents? Someone take some responsibility!

  2. psst …… ACLU-MN says they are in full sport of “Jane Doe,” (full SUPPORT)

  3. The definition of being a criminal is violating a law.

    “The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.”

    ― Cornelius Tacitus

    “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

    ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  4. Where is this outrage when the boys who receive these pics are charged with possession of child pornography? Gender based hypocrisy is the american norm.

  5. Using our own laws against the very people they were supposed to protect. Don’t act surprised! You can wind up on the sex register for urinating on a tree. Do you think that’s why THAT list is there?

    When you give the Government an inch, you won’t even recognize the mile.

  6. Laurie Anne says:

    About time the powers that be start recognizing that 14 year old”s are not always innocent. 14 year old’s know better!

  7. ““/No reasonable kid would realize that what she is doing is wrong /”

    What?

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