‘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?’

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…

The other is his girlfriend of the same age. They swapped pics. She pleaded down and got 12 months probation.   h/t Ace of Spades HQ

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The answer to the question is that prosecutors are more interested in looking good than in seeing that justice is actually done.

    • Clausewitz

      We have a legal system, not a justice system.

  • A perfect example of too many laws. And you can’t regulate everything.

  • Ho Hum

    When they wrote the child porn laws decades ago the internet did not exist and no one anticipated that 17 year old “children” would one day own smart phones with camera’s and internet access. They need to update the laws because it is ridiculous to be charging teenagers with a sex crime because they took naked pictures of themselves. The same thing has happened in Canada. Young men have been convicted on child porn charges for pictures they took when they were just minors.

  • Hard Little Machine

    NC doesn’t actually have a functioning juvenile justice system or legal code. That’s why.