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Well, it could have you registering as a sex offender for the next 20 years.

True story. A 15-year-old Ohio girl has been arrested on felony child pornography charges for allegedly sending nude cell phone pictures of herself to classmates. According to the story, charges include illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and possession of criminal tools (re: cell phone camera). If convicted, the girl could be forced to register as a sexual offender for 20 years.

Now, I will concede that this girl doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, if you catch my drift. Sending nekkid photos of yourself to people, even if they are people you know, is idiotic, especially at 15. Did she learn nothing from the Vanessa Hudgens scandal?

But charging her with child pornography? For nude photos of herself, that she took herself? Does not compute.

Maybe I'm missing something here. I do realize authorities are trying to "save" this girl from herself, and I agree something needs to be done, but branding her a sexual offender seems way over the top.

It's true that girls are growing up much faster and becoming sexualized way too early these days but I don't think throwing every teen who has ever taken a nude photo of herself into juvie is the answer. Plus, I think if authorities are looking for someone to blame, they may want to start with ad campaigns using teenaged girls in sexualized poses or the entertainment industry that puts pre-18 young singers/actors/models in sexy poses on the cover of Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair.

But ruining the life of a young girl for a mistake she made as a teen to me is cruel and unusual punishment. I would think therapy would be a better solution than making this young lady explain every time she got a job or moved to a new neighborhood why she is a "sexual offender."