Girl, 15, Faces Child Porn Rap For iPhone Pic
Cops: Floridian displayed illicit image to classmates
A 15-year-old Florida girl was arrested yesterday on a child pornography charge for allegedly showing several classmates a photo on her iPhone depicting “two juveniles engaged in oral sex,” police report.
The girl admitted to “taking the pornographic photo,” according to a complaint affidavit filed by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The document, sworn by a detective, does not identify the juveniles in the photo, though a sheriff’s spokesperson said that the teen herself is one of the minors depicted.
On May 21, the iPhone was seized from the girl “during class” by an employee of Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel who “observed a picture of two juveniles engaged in oral sex.”
In subsequent interviews, “five witnesses” told a deputy that they “had been shown the child pornography by the defendant.” The girl later reportedly copped to taking the photo and possessing it on her white iPhone.
The teenager was arrested yesterday afternoon at her Land O’ Lakes home and charged with a felony child porn count. The girl, whose name TSG has redacted from the complaint, is pictured in the above blurred photo. The complaint notes that the girl, who turned 15 last month, has a tattoo of a cross inked on her neck.
The day after her phone was taken, the girl sent a message from her Twitter account to a friend about the incident. The girl, who apparently had traveled to Europe, seemed unconcerned in the May 22 tweet about the iPhone seizure: “the school took my phone, long story and im in Ireland lmaoooooo.” (1 page)