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Child Pornography Defense Archives

The legal and social ramifications of teen sexting

Among the many difficult challenges North Carolina parents of teenagers face is the problem of sexting -- the sharing of nude photos of themselves or others. New research says that sexting is widespread: more than two-thirds of teen girls say they have been asked to share explicit photos. Researchers found that the girls face repeated requests for the photos and sometimes anger and threats to send the images.

North Carolina teacher accused of taking indecent liberties

If you drive out west of Raleigh for about three hours -- out past Chapel Hill, High Point, Winston-Salem and Hickory -- you will arrive in Lenoir, North Carolina. The town of about 18,000 residents was recently the site of an arrest of a middle-school teacher. The 29-year-old was arrested on three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

North Carolina man faces long list of sex crime charges

A North Carolina man who lives about 120 miles west of Raleigh is facing a long list of criminal charges. The 27-year-old Salisbury man was recently arrested for attempted assault; he was already facing much more serious charges from previous arrests, officials said.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor faces more child sex allegations

Raleigh's NBC station affiliate reports that a former Olympic gold medalist has said she was sexually abused for years by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. McKayla Maroney alleges that Dr. Larry Nassar began molesting her when she was 13 years old.

Sexting: more than a scandalous headline

Former congressman Anthony Weiner was recently sentenced to 21 months in prison for illicit contact with a minor. Weiner, 53, has repeatedly been caught up in sexting scandals; the latest involved sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina high school student.

Should you have counsel if charged with a sex crime

What do you think of when you consider the term "sex crime?" Is it a serial rapist or creepy addict that is depicted on crime drama shows such as "Law & Order: SVU" or is it a hardened criminal who is featured on news magazine stories such as "Nightline" or "60 Minutes?" Chances are that you think of those people as monsters or those who are mentally unstable and unworthy of being among us in regular society.

Sex crime charges dropped against North Carolina football player

For many people who read news articles about criminal accusations, the assumption they make is that the person accused is guilty. While stories about arrests often result in attention-grabbing headlines, articles about charges being dropped, dismissed or reduced are often ignored by news media or given relatively scant attention.

Congress pondering revenge porn law

Regular readers of our Raleigh criminal law blog might well remember a post we wrote in late April about a North Carolina man facing a sex crime charge. The 39-year-old Marine is accused of posting on Facebook "revenge porn" involving a civilian woman. He was arrested by Jacksonville police.