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In North Carolina, creating and possessing sexual photos of minors is considered a sex crime under child pornography laws. The couple’s nude photo exchange put them at odds with the law, and because 16 is the age of adulthood in criminal cases in North Carolina, both are being tried as adults.
As part of the plea deal, Copening accepted two reduced counts of disseminating harmful material to minors, WRAL reports. Like Denson, his year-long probation includes a ban on his cell phone. From the Fayetteville Observer:
District Court Judge April Smith sentenced Copening to a year of probation. During that year, her order says, Copening must stay in school, take a class on making good decisions, complete 30 hours of community service, not use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs, not possess a cellphone and must submit to warrantless searches.
originally posted by: Domo1
What? Why? Why does he have to submit to warrantless searches?
The Fayetteville, NC 17-year-old, Cormega Copening, faced five charges of sexual exploitation after police found the photos while searching his phone in an unrelated incident at his school last fall. The photo was taken when he was 16. Copening faced four counts over two photos: one for taking sexually explicit photos of a minor; another for possessing sexually explicit photos of a minor. The minor in both cases was the teen himself, who was named both victim and perpetrator of the crime.
originally posted by: HomerinNC
Because of being a stupid kid, LIKE WE ALL WERE, this kid has to live the REST OF HIS LIFE AS A SEX OFFENDER. Do you know the hell that it is?
Honestly after reading the article and shaking my head at the initial charges, and comparing them to what he ended up getting he's a lucky kid. I'd say the prosecutor held the same opinion as all of us.
originally posted by: hutch622
Can you expand on that . Hint i am Australian . I dont understand the felony thing to well .
Like I said, the prosecutor gave this kid a song of a deal, because technically both kids were producing, disseminating and storing kiddie porn.