NORMAN, Okla. – Police are investigating the dark side of social media, following allegations that two teen boys posted nude photos of a 14-year-old girl on Facebook.
Police say a 14-year-old girl took naked pictures of herself on her cell phone.
Capt. Tom Easley, with the Norman Police Department, said, “A 14-year-old boy got her cell phone where the pictures were located and sent them to himself, I guess without her knowledge.”
However, he was not the only one to see the pictures.
Easley said, “He subsequently sent them to another young man who posted them on Facebook with tags and various other bad things.”
At least one picture shows the girl’s bare chest.
Easley said, “That, by definition, is child pornography which generally is a felony any way you slice it.”
Social media experts say more kids are getting phones as young as 8 or-9-years-old.
In this case, the technology comes at a high price.
Patrick Allmond, owner of Focus Online Marketing and a social media expert, said, “As a father who has a female daughter, it kind of breaks my heart to see somebody have to go through this kind of situation. It’s going to traumatize her a little bit.”
Allmond says the law isn’t always clear on what charges minors could face in situations like these.
He said, “But if it’s anywhere near the gray area, those kids are going to have a little scar on their record that they won’t ever be able to get off.”
Investigators say the boys even threatened to post more pictures.
“He was going to post more of them,” Easley said. “But there’s no indication of what the young lady would have to do in order to prevent more being posted.”
The original police report was filed as a “blackmail” case.
However, officers say that could change in the future.
“She’s going to have to go to school through junior high school and high school and those pictures are going to go with her for the rest of her life,” Allmond said. “That’s the scary thing about either stuff on smart phones or social media is it never goes away.”
The photos have been removed from Facebook.
Officials say they are in the very early stages of the investigation, so no charges have been filed yet.