16-year-old Brianna Denson of Fayetteville, North Carolina plead guilty in July as an adult – for crimes against herself.
The girl had taken nude photos of herself, an increasingly common activity among teenagers, and had possessed it. That’s two charges. To avoid becoming a sex offender, which brings with it a lifetime stigma, the girl decided to plead guilty and received a year on probation. Her boyfriend, on the other hand, Cormega Zyon Copening, is facing five counts in all, one of which is for having a copy of the photo of his girlfriend. If convicted, he will be a registered sex offender, which some might argue will weaken the value of the registry [...]