"Return the book we sold you, or we will charge you with possession of kiddie porn."

Charges possible for alleged sex crime depicted in Big Bear yearbook

Sgt. Jeremiah MacKay of the Big Bear sheriff’s station said Tuesday that although his investigation was not complete, it showed that sexual penetration of a minor had occurred.

The Press-Enterprise reported Monday that the two students appeared in the background of the photograph, which was taken at a winter formal, and the boy had his hand up the knee-length dress of the girl.

School administrators notified sheriff’s deputies about the photograph, which was discovered after yearbooks were distributed nearly two weeks ago.

The yearbooks were immediately recalled, and students were ordered to bring them back to the school so the page with the photograph could be removed.

Officials warned that those who did not return their yearbooks could face charges of possession of child pornography.

MacKay said that as of Tuesday, all but two of the yearbooks had been returned. The owners of the unreturned yearbooks had been contacted, he said, and had agreed to hand them in.

The most disappointing part of this story is that every single student returned their yearbook. None of them happened to "lose" it in the meantime. And the most meta-dissappointing thing is that that's the most disappointing thing, since the rest of it is so predictable.

Apparently the photo in question is here.

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4 Responses:

  1. Injector says:

    If the students could be charged with possession, then the photographer should be charged with production, and the school with distribution.

  2. Karl Koscher says:

    The best part is that they simply want to cover up the offending image. You still possess it, but you just can't see it. If it's really child pornography, I doubt that would be a legal solution.

  3. Jon says:

    That isn't knee-length!

  4. I think maybe we should stop with the legal fiction that consensual sexual activity among teenagers constitutes a sex crime. The kid is feeling up his girlfriend. If we prosecuted everyone that ever did that or saw that as a teenager, we'd have nobody left to run the prisons.