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Child Pornography Charge Upheld Against Maryland Teen Who Filmed Self

The court's majority opinion says the law makes no exception for minors who share lewd material of themselves

A court has ruled that a Maryland teen who sent a video of herself performing a sexual act has violated the state's child pornography law.

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued the 6-1 decision Wednesday in Annapolis, news outlets report. Court documents say the then-16-year-old, only identified by her initials, texted the video to two teenage friends in Oct. 2016.

The two teens showed the video to a school resource officer, from the Charles County Sheriff's Office, a few months later, after the group "fell off as friends."

The court's majority opinion says the law makes no exception for minors who share lewd material of themselves.

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Judge Michele D. Hotten was the lone dissenter. She wrote that the law was intended to protect children from exploitation, and the teen was not being exploited in this case.

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