Teen charged with child porn after sharing photos of victims with hundreds

A cautionary tale is emerging from London police after two teenagers, both under the age of 16, had intimate images shared on Facebook by a person known to them. Almost 800 people on the social media site had access to the images.

London police have charged the St. Thomas teen after images of minors were shared on-line

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An 18-year old St. Thomas youth is facing child pornography charges after allegedly sharing intimate images of a teenaged couple on Facebook.

It happened in September when London police allege the accused logged into one of the victim's accounts, without permission, and shared the images with almost 800 contacts. 

The victims, a male and a female, are both under 16, according to police, and both knew the accused. 

He was charged February 9 after the London Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit carried out a search warrant at a residence on Fairmont Avenue in London. 

Charges include: 

  • Import/sell/distribute child pornography x 2
  • Publish intimate image without consent x 2
  • Mischief/obstruction of computer data
  • Use, possess a computer password to commit an indictable offence

"It's a cautionary tale of what you want to be sharing and what you don't want to be sharing on-line," said Const. Sandasha Bough.

"There's the potential that these images could be shared across multiple different types of social media platforms."

Bough says, there's another note of caution with this case.

"Not to say that a password was shared [in this case] but never give your password to anybody aside from your parents or guardians to keep you protected and safe as a younger individual. And, don't ever write those passwords down and have different passwords for different social media accounts," she said.