US girl faces child porn charges for sending explicit photo on Snapchat

A 14-year-old girl is facing child porn charges for sending an explicit photograph over Snapchat to a boy she liked.

The Minnesota teenager, known only as 'Jane Doe', had her photo shared among the boy's friends without her permission, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

She now faces spending ten years on the sex offenders register.

It means her explicit selfie could affect her future employment, education and housing applications.

However, the girl says it's common among her friends, in a statement released by the organisation.

"We shouldn't face charges for doing it. I don't want anyone else to go through what I'm going through.

"I'm not a criminal for taking a selfie."

In a statement, legal director of the ACLU-Minnesota Teresa Nelson says to suggest the girl who sent the photo is a victim of her own act is "illogical".

"Child pornography laws are supposed to protect minors from predators, and Jane Doe is not a predator."

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a legal motion to have her case dismissed, arguing the prosecutor is abusing the intent of the law.


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