Teen facing child porn charges for posting nude selfies

An Edgewater teen is charged with distributing child pornography after he posted sexual images of Anne Arundel teens on Instagram.

Police began investigating in March 2014 after getting numerous complaints of sexually explicit photos of juveniles-- mainly young women-- posing nude or engaged in sex acts. The pictures were posted on Instagram and each post referenced a different Anne Arundel County high school.

Police were able to identify several of the juveniles in the pictures and determined they were “selfies”  and had been taken by the juvenile or consensually by another person.

Police issued a search warrant on the unidentified 17-year-old who admitted to uploading images sent to him  by other students onto the internet.  In late July police charged the boy as a juvenile with distribution and possession of child pornography. A continued investigation turned up no more  suspects.

Anne Arundel County police are reminding the public  to be aware of these issues and to report occurrences to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Instagram's Help Center at http://help.instagram.com/ or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Cyber Tip Line at http://www.cybertipline.com/ .  

In a release police also sent a warning to parents about the dangers of social media, “As soon as a parent hands their child a digital device, be it a phone, a tablet or a computer, you should begin the discussion that sending or receiving inappropriate pictures is never okay, nor is sending explicit sexual messages. Discuss that this is no joke and they may face criminal charges as in this case mentioned above a seventeen year old male high school student. Remind children that once messages get sent they can be seen by anyone and can't be taken back.”

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