Under child pornography laws in Victoria it is a crime for anyone to transmit or possess naked pictures of a person under the age of 18. It is as simple as that. Ignorance is no defence. “It was just a joke” is no defence. “I wasn’t thinking” is no defence.
Possessing these pictures on your phone or computer can lead to placement on the Sex-Offender Register. Those on the register are monitored by police and are ineligible for jobs that involve working with children.
A series of articles in Sunday’s Age this week highlight how easy it is for a teenager to be charged with this offence.
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