IM conversation that I just had with a workmate:
MAY 21–Meet Alex Phillips. The Wisconsin teenager is facing felony child pornography charges for allegedly posting naked photos of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend on his MySpace page.
When contacted by police about the two images, Phillips,17, balked at removing the pictures of the girl. Warned that he couldf ace jail for publishing images of the minor, Phillips told an investigator, “F*** that, I am keeping them up,” according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in Lacrosse County Circuit Court.Phillips told cops that he posted the photos last week “because he was venting.” The cell phone camera photos had been taken by the girl, who provided them to Phillips.
Along with posting the photos,Phillips added explicit captions like, “Yo, U see how big her hole is!Its from me!” While claiming that his goal was not to harm the girl,Phillips acknowledged that, “he probably should not have done this,”according to the May 20 court filing. Along with the child porn count,Phillips was charged with defamation and sexual exploitation of a child.
Only on myspace
I always wonder in cases like this what the kids parents are like.
Hopefully in the next 10 years the “mindset” of taking digital pictures will change.
It’s so fresh and new, kids are making crazy mistakes.
People just don’t understand the value of their “character” and how easily one stupid mistake can ruin it.
Does anyone teach kids self respect anymore or is that just some outdated concept? It seems that along with immediate gratification and instant everything comes a lack of thinking things thru. Our technology all too easily allows for things to be envisioned, created, packaged and sent before we take the time to recognize the possible ramifications of our actions. It was bad enough when we were kids but now the cart seems to be eternally before the horse. Someone please slow down the bus, I think I want to get off.