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Published: Sunday, Jan. 25 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Funnyguy..

One time, accident...come-on mom...don't you remember when you were 17 and saw something...gees..get a life and stop whining..text back and say if you send this againg and I will call the cops..2 time, yes...call the cops

Bot

All pornography should be illegal. It has no socially redeeming value, and has been shown to be harmful to innocent victims. Just ask Jeffrey Dahmer what caused him to murder dozens of people!

Boyd

Oh yes, by all means Bot, let's take what a serial killer claims caused him to murder dozens of people as reason for his criminal mindset. With all the porn out there, I'm surprised we don't have millions of mass murderers just running around killing everyone they can.

Where is the neglegence?

This mom and the police are going overboard. And why deos the mom allow the minor a device that she does not control? The mother is more guilty of neglegence than an accidental phone call. I'm sure she has receiveid a few accidental calls herself intended for a different number. There is no neglegence involved by the sender, they must prove he knew this minor to prove neglegence or intentions. As for pornography, that's subject to interpertatiion by each individual. Puritans are more offended than open minded individuals. Sex and the human body is nothing to be ashamed of, shame only creates mental problems and this mom is suffering big time. If the mother wants to shelter her children from reality then she should take full responsibilty and take the picture phone away from her minor child so the minor child isn't tempted to produce her own pictures to send to her freiends and unsuspecting receipents.

3arwax

Pornography is a drug that is ingested on sight. Once somebody has ingested it there is not way to remove it from their mind. I believe that the number is around 90% have viewed pornography by the time they are 16. When are we as a nation going to realize the damage this is doing to our population and get rid of this great evil?

Get a life, people

I hope you modern-day Puritans never do anything wrong accidentally.

Then again, the more I think about it the more I fervently hope you get a politically-ambitious prosecutor who turns your "innocent mistake" into a felony case.

Accident

It was an ACCIDENT!
Leave the poor guy alone!

dave

There is no victim here.

huktonphonix

Ahhhhh... how did we ever grow up without cell phones? None of my children have had or will have cell phones, and they seem to be getting along just fine. Ditto to what mom said. "In our day, we had a name for people like this guy..."

Doc

Bot your argument holds no water. Porn movies are seen more than Hollywood movies--and makes more money. We aren't a country full of homicidal manics. Besides, no one said this was porn. It was a picture of a body part.

But lets take a step back. Hasn't anyone either prank called someone or received a prank call? So if you said something dirty you could go to jail? You can say this isn't apples to apples comparison--but it is based on how technology has changed. The problem is that the law doesn't change quickly enough. Leaving this guy in limbo.

Wow!

So much vitriol against the mom here! What I wonder is how many of you attacking the mom of this girl are doing so because you have sent pornographic pictures through your phones as well?

Or maybe you are just trying to pick a fight.

The guy sent a previous text to the girl before sending the picture. Why didn't he wait for an acknowledgment of the text before sending the picture? The picture of his genitals should be kept private. Why didn't he insure the person receiving the text actually WANTED to see the picture?

The thought of getting a picture message like that, whether on purpose or by accident, is just plain icky.

Anonymous

A friend of mine accidentally sent a picture of his "geneter" (by the way, are these people so sheltered and/or ignorant that they don't know the innocuous word, "genitals"?) to his entire phonebook. Reaction from everyone, including his mother: "That's gross."

And no police were called...

Everyone has accidents. If it happens twice it's intentional. This is a misguided moral crusade, and someone is trying to harm a man's life to make a point. That's disgusting.

Calm down

It was a stupid mistake, but it shouldn't be considered a felony.

JanSan

I don't think that the person who sent this picture should have been prosecuted for sending the picture to the wrong person - except that the picture was of a pornagraphy nature. This should not be on text phones at all!!!! They should make it illegal to be sending porn over text messaging.

Porn is porn - and it should be taken more seriously.

This man should be held accountable of sending a porn text period !! no matter who it ended up with.

YES!!!! there is a victim here! The girl who got the pornographic text - who will have that image in her brain for some time to come... she is a victim - how can you be so callous? Just because you enjoy porn does not mean everyone else does - nor do they want to. Some people think that it is absolutly horrible and their rights are just as important as yours. If you want porn - fine it's your life - have your trash - just don't force it on other people!!!! GROW UP !!!

not so fast

Sending 2 wrong messages to the same number, back to back? The second more graphic than the 1st? With no reply in between? The guy is either majorly stupid or was trolling.

Before judging too harshly, I would want to know if the number was stored or typed. If typed, where is it written down or how did he get it? I would also want to know the number of the person he thought he was sending it to and whether that number was stored.

Some may say it was 'innocent'. I say the jury is still out.

jumpin' jack

..someone is guilty of the crime when they either know the victim is minor or "having negligently failed to determine the proper age of a minor."

This is a no brainer. The man did not know nor could he know who he was mistakenly sending the photo to, so how could even find the girl to to determine her age?

Perhaps mother and daughter could file a civil suit but no law was broken.

BH

Those who send pornographic images over cell phones take an inherint risk of sending it to the wrong number. And with that risk, there is an inherint responsibility.

Those who participate in pornography make a conscious decision to do so. Those who choose to not do so should not be required to have such smut forced upon them by no choice of their own.

Next time he better be 100%, and not one iota less, of the destination.

If you go out in the country for some target practice, and due to carelessness, shoot out the windows of someone's truck, you still have to pay the damages. Hit the accelerator instead of the brake in a parking lot, and smash a tail light on another car, you pay the damages. Sorry, but carelessness is no excuse.

Chuck

It should be a crime REGARDLESS of whom it is sent to. Porn is a cancer that is rotting the foundation out from under America.

Jason

Jumpin jack is right. The mother needs to file a civil suit. Monetary damage will be enough to ensure that this guy dials safely in the future. The money can go to counseling if this girl is as traumatized as she seems to be. This guy doesnt deserve jail time. I agree with the people who said that this girl shouldnt have a cell phone. When you have a cell phone, or you have the internet, or email, you can reasonably expect that these things have certain risks associated with them. You cant expect that you will never receive pornographic email or see pornographic images on the computer. It happens. The best thing to do is TEACH your children what it is and that you dont approve. Tell them you wont be angry if they accidentally see it but that they should delete it. They are right, this is a different world. We need to teach our kids how to defend themselves from the inevitable accidents and not provide the technology unless WE understand the corresponding risks. You cant expect the world to protect your children, that is your job

Nude Pictures are not harmful

In Europe they have nude bodies, showing all the parts painted on the ceilings of the churches. In Europe the children don't seem to be any worse for it.

Everyone says this material is harmful. I don't believe it.

How is a child harmed by seeing this material? How is a child harmed by going to church in Europe?

Perhaps by hearing they will go to hell forever unless they do this or don't do that, but not by the pictures.

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