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.