TAMPA, Fla. – While a local mother, S. Walston, was hosting a sleepover
for her teenage daughter she heard about a shocking new Instagram trend.
In reference to the Instagram pages depicting nude photos of teens, Walston
said that not only is it very sickening, it’s
child pornography. Walston said that Instagram does take the page down within an hour, but
the following evening a new page is posted under a different name.
What concerns Walston is that some groups of girls and guys are sending
nude pictures of each other.
News Channel 8 that they take nude pictures of themselves and send them to each other,
speaking of the Instagram pages that mention various Tampa Bay communities,
According to Walston, the pages can have 5,000 followers within five minutes.
Walston and a group of other moms reached out to the Hillsborough County
Sheriff’s Office, as well as Instagram and the FBI, however, they
never heard back from Instagram. Thus far, Walston and the other mothers
have not filed a report with the HCSO, so the pages have yet to be investigated.
The pictures are being sent by old boyfriends, and some girls are sending
them. There’s also pictures of boys, said Walston. She said that
she’s been told that there are videos on the Instagram accounts.
Walston said that they talk all the time about sending nude photos. She
doesn’t think that her kids would do it, but you never know, said
Walston. She just wants it stopped. Her daughters aren’t involved
but she knows that some of the kids at their school are involved.
Florida’s Child Pornography Statute
Transmitting child pornography via an electronic device is criminalized
under Section 847.0137 of the Florida Statutes. Under this section, it’s
illegal to transmit pornography by an electronic device or equipment if
the person being depicted is a minor.
Under the law, anyone in the state of Florida who knowingly transmits child
pornography on any electronic device is guilty of a felony of the third
degree, punishable by:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- A fine up to $5,000
Are you facing criminal charges stemming from child pornography? If so,
you are urged to contact a
Tampa criminal defense attorney from Thomas & Paulk, P.A. right away. As former prosecutors who have
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