My friend is underage and he asked a girl to send him nude pictures on Snapchat. This was done privately and unaware to my friend, the person he asked to send him nudes screenshotted his message and posted it publicly. Can he get in trouble for asking this girl to send him nude pictures? They are both underage.
Yes, requesting nude pictures from an underage person is a crime. Your friend was soliciting child pornography. Any sharing of underage nude pictures is a crime with serious consequences including registering as a sex offender.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
This could be a very big problem for your friend. He may need to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney to get in front of this since it is already public knowledge.
By answering this question I am not forming an attorney client relationship and this answer pertains only to the law as it currently stands in Massachusetts where I am licensed to practice.
Yes. Even though they are both underage, they can both get in trouble. A large percentages of teenagers are doing exactly the same thing and it doesn't seem like police or prosecutors are out there looking to arrest teenagers. However, it is very stupid behavior that can affect your/his life irrevocably. It is a sex offense which will land you/him on the sex offense registry.
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