Thursday, April 16, 2015
Joplin Police request search warrant for Dropbox
The same cannot be said for those who created the Dropbox folders through which those photos were collected and shared and those who shared photos through use of an access code.
KY3 is reporting that the Joplin Police Department has sent a search warrant to serve on Dropbox:
No arrests have been made, but the Cyber Crime Task Force based in Joplin is only beginning their investigation.
Police are sending a search warrant to Dropbox so they can stop further access to the images and determine whether any minor students are indeed depicted in the photos. If so, the parents of all involved will be notified and a prosecutor will determine if any child porn laws have been violated.
"You know I don't think the intent of the law was to punish juveniles for being juveniles, I think the intent of child pornography law is for adults that are preying upon children," says Corporal Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department.
Niess says while it is unlikely anyone would be prosecuted for taking a nude selfie, there could be charges against those who took or shared images of anyone under 18.
"That's all part of the investigation, to determine the ages of the people involved, what's actually been done, who sent what to who, and things like that," says Niess.