The Mad-Mad World We Live In ……

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This is so madly stupid it can only be true.

Teen Being Charged For Possessing Nude Pictures…Of Himself

Cormega Copening is a 17-year-old from North Carolina who is facing up to 10 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor–himself. Copening and his 16-year-old girlfriend are legally able to consent to have sex with each other in the state of North Carolina, yet the fact that they sent nude pictures of themselves to each other (or, in Copening’s case, kept them on his phone) means that they are now both being charged with a crime.

Robby Soave over at Reason has more:

But first, to recap: Copening and his girlfriend—now identified as Brianna Denson—are like other teenagers in that they have more than a passing interest in sex. Indeed, when they were 16, they exchanged racy sexy photos via text message. Denson sent pictures to Copening, and Copening sent pictures to Denson. It appears that no one else saw the pictures until local authorities searched Copening’s phone and discovered them.

Why did they search his phone? It’s not clear, but local news reports claimed that it had nothing to do with the sexts themselves. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment. According to fayobserver.com, there is no record of a search warrant being issued for Copening’s phone.

Both teens were charged with sexual exploitation. Denson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was given 12 months of probation.

Copening, however, is still facing two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation and three counts of third-degree exploitation. As Ricochet’s Tom Meyer points out, the third-degree charges—which constitute a majority of the total charges—actually stem from the pictures Copening had of himself. The implication is clear: Copening does not own himself, from the standpoint of the law, and is not free to keep sexually-provocative pictures, even if they depict his own body.

But consider this: North Carolina is one of two states in the country (the other is progressive New York) that considers 16 to be the age of adulthood for criminal purposes. This mean, of course, that Copening can be tried as an adult for exploiting a minor—himself.

What a nightmare.

While it’s generally not the best idea to exchange nude photos with someone, it’s absolutely absurd that Copening could be facing jail time–and a lifetime on the sex offender registry–for having racy pictures of himself on his cell phone. North Carolina law makes it so that Copening is considered an adult perpetrator yet simultaneously a minor victim. This is insane. A person is either a minor or an adult. They cannot be both. This isn’t a “Schrödinger’s sext” situation.

Copening’s girlfriend was able to plead guilty to lesser charges and avoided a lifetime on the sex offender registry. (Think about that: she faced a lifetime on the sex offender registry, listed among child molesters and rapists, for sending and storing nude pictures of herself.)

Sure, sexting is bad. But consensual, non-shared sexts between a boyfriend and a girlfriend shouldn’t be a criminal charge–and neither should taking a racy picture of yourself. This isn’t making the community safer from a sexual deviant–it’s potentially ruining someone’s life for an act that didn’t harm anybody. North Carolina’s laws need to be examined and updated. These potential penalties are way too harsh for the “crime.”

What the hell? 

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11 Responses to The Mad-Mad World We Live In ……

    • suyts says:

      Those people issuing the arrest warrants should be charged with false imprisonment.

      • Lars P. says:

        Yep, this is as absurd as it can be. What I mean is that the jury has the power to nullify the absurd arrest and let the kid free as soon as possible – it should be a matter of 5 minutes debate.
        Then one needs to follow-up – who did search his phone and why? There are several unanswered questions there, is this kid is being setup to be exploited by cranks? Is somebody taking revenge on the family? What can be the reasons to this absurd arrest?
        “Sure, sexting is bad.”
        Say what? This is as private as it can be and should be only his problem and his family problem if it is a problem for somebody, but surely not the sheriff’s or judge’s or jury and people who consider this an offence should grow up from medieval era.
        His phone is like his private mail and private photo album.
        What is wrong with those people even talking seriously about this?

      • suyts says:

        Some things are too deeply insane for me to grasp.

  1. omanuel says:

    Here’s why society is insane. Yesterday CERN physicists blew the cover on our government’s abuse of physics to frighten the public:

    “CERN & SCARY APOCALYPTIC EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2015”

    http://wchildblog.com/2015/09/03/cern-scary-apocalyptic-events-september-2015-high/

    Physics had been secretly used to control the public for seventy years:

    “UNREPORTED EVENTS IN AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1945”

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281017812_STALIN'S_SCIENCE

    ResearchGate allows you to see and respond to empirical evidence:

    _ a) The Sun’s internal composition
    _ b) The definition of nuclear stability

    were FALSIFIED after WWII.

  2. DirkH says:

    “is a 17-year-old from North Carolina who is facing up to 10 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor”

    I have actually expected for a long time now that they charge teenagers with pedophilie for loving other teenagers.
    It is, of course, a sign of the end of a regime.

    • Lars P. says:

      It reminds me of the case with the judge that sent thousands children in prison to get the bonus from the prison owning company.

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