ACLU: Child Porn Charges Against Rice County Teen Dropped

March 16, 2018 04:17 PM

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A southern Minnesota judge has dismissed the case against a 14-year-old girl who sent an explicit image of herself to a boy over Snapchat.

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The judge said that using the state's child pornography statute to punish the girl produces "an absurd" result.

The girl sent the image to a boy she liked last fall. After it was reported to police, prosecutors charged the girl with one count of felony dissemination of pornographic work.

RELATED: ACLU Wants Child Porn Charges Against 14-Year-Old Who Sent Selfie Dropped

Rice County District Court Judge Cajacob dismissed the case Feb. 20.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota made the decision public Friday, saying the ruling sends a message that prosecuting teens for sending explicit images of themselves isn't the intent of Minnesota's law. A message left with the Rice County attorney wasn't immediately returned.

"This victory sends a message to prosecutors across Minnesota, prosecuting teens for sharing explicit content of themselves is not the intent of Minnesota's child pornography law," ACLU legal director Teresa Nelson said in a statement.

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