Twitter Teen Orgy In Joliet Leads To Child Pornography Charges

A Twitter teen orgy may sound like a harmless publicity stunt for high schoolers, but for a group of Joliet teens, it was more than just a group chat with a suggestive theme. As a result of posting their group sex video on Twitter, they have all been charged with child pornography.

Child pornography is usually something you hear about a Catholic priest or high school teacher getting in trouble for, not the children themselves. Due to their ages, the teens’ names have not been released.

It was only recently that Twitter started allowing videos to be uploaded to the site, going for its own answer to Facebook videos without needing to post a YouTube web site address. Sadly, four teens from Joliet Central High School posted a video to the social media site which violated the Twitter terms of use, the age of consent, and a law meant to protect them.

The girl, 15, and three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16, had allegedly engaged in sex acts in a homemade video. Even before posting it to the internet, they were too young to even have done it. The age of consent in the United States ranges from 16 to 18, and they were all too young for it in the state of Illinois, which has the legal age at 17. The girl’s mother had contacted the police after learning about the video, leading to their arrests.

Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton has gone on record with what the Twitter teen orgy violated.

“The child pornography offense that was charged is in place for a reason, because we don’t want to accept that type of behavior as a society. So I think it’s making a strong statement and I think it’s important to do so to send the message to others: that kids shouldn’t be involved in this type of behavior and hopefully this will serve as a deterrent.”

This criminal charge against the four involved might not be enough to convince underage children from doing it anyway, but it might be enough to stop any further Twitter teen orgy videos.

All four teens are being held in custody, and a hearing is set for April 13. They could all face consequences, ranging from probation to being held in a juvenile detention center until they turn 21.

[Image via Indie Wire]