CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police have charged two 11-year-olds with sexual exploitation of a minor after images of two younger children forced to engage in sex acts were found on a cell phone.
Police have been investigating this disturbing incident since April after a mother found pictures on her 11-year-old daughter’s cell phone depicting her 5-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old boy engaged in sexual activity.
Police say they recovered over 21 pictures off the cell phone clearly showing the children’s genitals as well as pictures of the two children being forced to perform sex acts on each other.
Dr. Dan Biber, a psychologist, said the 11-year-olds may have been influenced by sexual images that are prevalent in today’s society (*insert dismissive wanking motions here*), or they may have been victims themselves.
Sorry for wanking on a portion of Dr. Biber’s comment but I just couldn’t help myself. I know that some AP study conducted a few years back shows that the age of sexual offenders have been getting lower over the last 20 years, but I have to side with the people who say this not because of a trend or epidemic, but rather stricter laws, better reporting and more awareness.
Sexual imagery has been prevalent in “today’s society” even back when I was 11-years-old. From Brooke Shields’ Jordache jeans commercials on television, to MTV videos, to titties being shown in PG movies like LOOKER and FORTRESS — both of which HBO liked to play in the afternoons for us kiddies.
Regardless, even if I were to buy that an over-saturation of sex in the media were the cause of a rise in juvenile sexual experimentation of the healthy kind, there’s no way I’d believe it caused a pair of 11-year-olds to force two small children into performing sex acts on camera.
Tags: cell phone, Child Pornography, Juvenile, North Carolina, sexual exploitation