Authorities say three teenage girls have been charged with sending nude pictures to an Iowa man who’s been charged for possessing the photos.
The girls are ages 16 and 17 and have been charged as adults with felony exploitation of a minor. Online court records say 19-year-old Alex Case is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville says that under Iowa law, it’s a felony to send such images and a misdemeanor to possess them. Launderville says that makes the girls both victims and defendants.
How does it make sense that these girls are being charged as adults with felonies for sending photos of themselves? Are we going to protect them from sexual exploitation by making them do hard prison time and saddling them with life-long felony raps? Isn’t our goal to here to protect minors? How does ruining their lives do that?