Parents find nude pictures on daughter’s cell, turn her into the police

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia mother made a disturbing discovery on her daughter’s cell phone and tablet.  The 13-year-old, had been sending and receiving naked pictures of other teens.

As her parents continued to search, they were so disgusted by what they found, they called the sheriff’s department to investigate.

When looking through the devices they said that the pictures and conversations were very inappropriate for her age, “We believe them to be 17-18ish… Definitely older than her. Did request that they have sex.”

The parents, who wish to remain anonymous, told WTVR, that they called in the sheriff’s office to protect their daughter even though she could face criminal charges.

The girl may not necessarily go through the court system though, according to Attorney Lisa Caruso she could go through, “What’s called diversion in the juvenile justice system. That’s a 12 week program and it would be group classes. The parents would get involved [and] there would be some counseling.”

“What she’s facing may be harsh, but we feel it’s for her own protection,” the mother said.

The family also wants other parents to know how important parental controls are, for childrens’ devices.

16 comments

  • william

    should the 13 year old girl been punished,sure.the parents should and have ever right to punish there daughter for having nude photos of other teens,sure.should they have reported it to the police,i don’t agree with the parents reporting it to the sheiffs office.there in charge and care of there daughter not the pollce.

  • Sarah

    If this child is doing this at 13, image what she would be doing at 17. Parents have every right to go to police. Good for them. Hopefully she can stay out of court, complete the counciling and understand in this day and age, once those pictures are out, they are out forever.

  • Supportive

    I absolutely agree with these parents. My daughter was doing the same thing and we turn her in. The FBI and the state and local police where involved . By doing this it got us the help we need to help her.

  • Joanne

    At first I thought the parents should have handled the situation themselves. However, after reading the article and learning that there are others involved in sending pictures and that there’s a program available and counseling, I think it was wise of the parents to have turnrd her in and avail themselves of the help offered.

  • wanda

    I think the parents most definitely should have reported it. The girl is 13…who knows for sure who the person is on the receiving end. Or for that matter who she was talking to…pedophiles are very clever about how they communicate with kids. And sorry, but 13 is STILL a kid.

    • R.L.

      What about the daughter ruined THEIR trust for her… WAY before… and placed Her life in DANGER. The parents did right…. protecting their daughter is top priority and who knows what could have happen if they had not caught it.

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    It’s amazing how much people assume when a small blurb of an article is published. The media is often criticized for appearing to spin stories and insert rhetoric.

  • Althea Rollman

    Why do we give these children cell phones anyway? And yes I do agree with the parents. But it could have been avoided.

  • Parent

    I support the parents decision 100%. They felt they had to report it to protect their daughter so how can you fault them for that.

  • dec

    A bit of an over-reaction? If they used something like SelfieCop http://www.selfiecop.com it would have STOPPED her in the first place. Sure, they kinda hate her for it, but perhaps they’d be saving her from herself? Of course, kids are so goddamn inventive, they always find a way round. Maybe a bit of “Big Brother” is the only way on this?

  • Angela

    Kiddos to these parents,
    4 years ago I had to do something similar for my son. Technology has made pornography so accessible to our children. They are not able to understand that this is not a victimless crime. The victims are the children themselves. It will affect how they view relationships and sex. Parents need to do the right thing even if it is hard for their children. Bless this family.

  • Brit

    If there were 18 year olds involved I would have done it too! She’s 13 talking to an adult. It needed to be done!

  • A.

    I would never turn my daughter in. Never. What so child molesting pervert cops can pass her nude photos around to play with? Seriously? Stupid Mom.

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