A 17-year-old teen male from upstate New York was taken into custody on Monday with multiple felony charges after posting sexual content online without his underage partner’s consent.
The ages of the participants also makes recording and posting even consensual sex online the creation and distribution of child pornography according to existing laws.
It’s been reported that the teen boy had sex with a 16 year-old girl in the boys’ locker room at their school, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) High School. He filmed their sexual encounter without the minor’s knowledge or consent and posted the video on social media.
The video was discovered by an RCS staff member, who then reported the discovery to a school resource officer.
After the available information was reviewed, the teen was taken into custody by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with two felonies: for promoting a sexual performance by a child and for unlawful surveillance. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for endangering the welfare of a child. He has not yet been charged for child pornography by state or federal prosecutors.
The teen was later released back to his parents, but he will have to return for the official hearing on Tuesday in the Albany County Family Court.
A public statement was issued by RCS High School, in which they commented on inappropriate online behavior.
The statement reads:
“This is not the first time that students at RCS or other schools have utilized social media with extremely poor judgment, resulting in harm to other students or in breaking the law. We are faced with a cultural insensitivity to the ramifications of sharing personal information, violating privacy, or harassing or threatening other people on social media.”
The school has confirmed that, in addition to the teen’s potential charges in court, he will also have to face disciplinary action at RCS for violating the school’s code of conduct.
Twitter, of course, cannot imagine what the teen could have possibly been thinking.
"The boy, who was not identified, made the recording without the girl’s consent and then posted footage of the encounter onto social media, deputies said." pic.twitter.com/rYlBcydAJ3— CrystalClearDestiny (@Clear_Destiny_) November 26, 2019
Two more young lives ruined due to stupidity, social media and bad parenting.— Chris Moran 🇺🇸 (@ChrisMo2525) November 26, 2019
Dude destroyed his life— Mike Bec (@EXFDMB) November 27, 2019
This is one of those prime examples of the importance of consent in every single situation.
Whether it’s sexual engagement itself or otherwise sharing the encounter with people in some way, consent is always a requirement.
As a result, the school could put in place some kind of program that helps their students understand thinking twice before posting anything online.
Maybe schools everywhere should think about including that in their student enrichment programs.
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