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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Was this really a case of child pornography?

In Chattanooga, a 23-year-old man was convicted of taking naked photos of his 14-year-old girlfriend. But the judge who sentenced him wondered if this was really child pornography.

"He was ... having sex with a 14-year-old. I don't think society gives out medals for that," U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice said at the Monday sentencing. "But let's face it, some individuals like to photograph their sexual activities."

The judge argued this was primarily a case of statutory rape, not child pornography. The man's defense attorney said he didn't fit the profile of a typical offender and was actually in love with the teen.

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