So, I think everyone knows that child pornography has severe consequences for the adult who view them, but I thought about this earlier today; What happens if the minor who posed their images gets caught. How are they punished?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Under various state and federal laws, even minors that post pics of themselves run the risk of criminal prosecution, as in cases of "sexting."
If this concerns actual child porn, as in commercial activity, sometimes the minors are formally arrested on some charge, but this is usually not to punish them especially if it is clear they are really victims, but rather to "place" them in the system to first protect them from their handlers and to allow them access to services that will hopefully assist them.
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