Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Joplin Police: You may be committing a crime if you access JHS dropbox site
I am still trying to understand, since the Police Department in the news release describes the contents of the Dropbox as "possible inappropriate photos," since when is it a crime to access "possible inappropriate" photos?
The Joplin community would be better served if the police would just explain why it could be illegal- When you are talking about naked photos of children under the age of 18 and the sharing of those photos,you are talking about child pornography.
Here is the Police Department release:
On April 14, 2015, the Joplin Police Department responded to the Joplin School District in reference to some possible inappropriate pictures that were found on a student’s phone.
The phone has been confiscated and we are conducting an investigation. We are very early into this investigation and therefore we are not releasing any details pertaining to the investigation at this time. We can confirm that no arrests have been made involving this incident at this time.
We have been made aware of information concerning this investigation, that has been put on social media, that is inaccurate. That information was never confirmed by the police department.
As this situation develops and more information becomes available for release, we will send updates out to the media. We would like to caution, that if a family member has received the suspected Dropboxlink, knowingly opening the link or sharing it could constitute a crime.