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Police Are Charging Two Consenting 17- Year Old Teens With Child Pornography For Having Naked Pictures Of Themselves In Their Own Phone

Police Are Charging Two Consenting 17- Year Old Teens With Child Pornography For Naked Pictures Of Themselves In Their Own Phone

Cormega Copening, a 17-year-old high school student, has been charged with five felony counts and forced off his football team, just because he had pictures of himself and his girlfriend, who is the same age as him, on his cell phone. He faces the possibility of being added to the sex offender registry for this “offense.” His life as he knows it would be ruined.

Yes, both teens were naked in the photos. However, their relationship was entirely consensual and broke no laws. Furthermore, the photos were private, for their viewing only. It wasn’t until the police searched Copening’s phone that they were seen by anyone else.Furthermore, four of the five counts against Copening are for having pictures of himself. His girlfriend, Brianna Denson, was also charged. She accepted a plea for 12 months of probation.

Please join me and help end this terrible nightmare. Sign my petition asking Cumberland County District Attorney William West to drop the charges against young Cormega Copening and reverse Ms. Denson’s plea deal.

Essentially, the prosecutors have come up with some twisted rationale to count Copening and Denson as minors when appearing in the photographs, but adults when possessing those same photographs on their phones.

The letter of the law and the spirit of the law are not the same thing. According to recent studies, up to 28 percent of teenagers use cell phones to send nude photos of themselves to significant others. If this law were applied and enforced in all 50 states, researchers say millions of teenagers would end up in jail and on the sex offender list. For this reason, more than 20 states have recently eased their laws regarding possession of nude photos of oneself on one’s private cell phone. North Carolina seems to be going in the opposite direction, to the detriment of our children’s future.

I am asking you to stand with me against frivolous prosecution and injustice.  Sign my petition asking Cumberland County District Attorney William West to immediately drop all charges against Copening, and reverse the plea deal with Denson to remove her sentence.  If this is not done, we urge North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to pardon both teenagers.

To learn more about this miscarriage of justice click here and hereafter you sign the petition

 

Source:  Change.Org

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