By Dan Mangan and Post Wires. The girl, who has been released to the custody of her parents, is charged with child-porn possession and distribution. Her name was withheld. New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, said she was unaware of a similar case in her state involving a teen and a social-networking site. But the case is the latest in a series of similar prosecutions nationwide in which teens have been arrested for sending sexual photos of themselves over the Internet, cellphones and other devices. Read Next.
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A New Jersey man accused of stalking girls on Facebook and threatening them if they didn't send him nude photos of themselves has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Brandon McIntyre, 27, was sentenced Friday on convictions last year on child pornography, extortion, stalking and other charges. Prosecutors said the resident of Warren County's Washington Township would sometimes use his own name in the chats and sometimes posed as a teenage girl.
MySpace would not comment on the New Jersey investigation, but the company has a team that reviews its network for inappropriate images. The office investigated and discovered the Clifton resident had posted the "very explicit" photos of herself, sheriff's spokesman Bill Maer said Thursday. The girl posted the photos because "she wanted her boyfriend to see them," he said. Investigators are looking at individuals who "knowingly" committed a crime, he said, declining to comment further because the case is still being investigated. The teen, whose name has not been released because of her age, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. She was released to her mother's custody. If convicted of the distribution charge, she would be forced to register with the state as a sex offender under Megan's Law, said state Attorney General Anne Milgram. She also could face up to 17 years in jail, though such a stiff sentence is unlikely. Some observers - including the New Jersey mother behind the creation of Megan's Law - are criticizing the trend of prosecuting teens who send racy text messages or post illicit photos of themselves.
A Bergen County man is headed to prison for at least 35 years after pleading guilty to two counts of sexually exploiting children , according to a report. Christopher Dekruif of Ridgefield Park struck up online relationships with at least nine teenage girls in New Jersey and two other states and convinced them to send him naked pictures of themselves, MLive. Dekruif, now 28, entered his plea Thursday in U.