- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2014

A 16-year-old girl is believed to be the first case in Canada to be found guilty of distributing child pornography in a sexting case.

The girl, who is a minor, was accused of sending five explicit photos of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, also a minor, to a group of people in November 2012, CNN reported.

The accused, who was also convicted of uttering threats to the girl on Facebook, is out on bail while awaiting sentencing, Crown Prosecutor Chandra Fisher said. She declined to speculate on what sentence the teen might face, CNN reported.

Ms. Fisher called the child pornography ruling “precedent-setting,” and said it should serve as a deterrent to teens.

The girl’s attorney, Christopher Mackie, argued that online bullying would have been a more appropriate charge.

“These child pornography laws were intended to protect children, not to persecute them, and again it seems the criminal justice system, it’s a heavy hammer to be using,” he said.

Mr. Mackie said he filed a constitutional challenge last September and plans to file an abuse-of-process application, the CBC reported.