- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2009

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The mother of the New Jersey girl whose death inspired Megan’s Law is criticizing prosecutors who charge teenagers with child porn for distributing nude photos of themselves.

Maureen Kanka said Thursday that the prosecutors are harming the children more than helping them.

Her comments came as authorities in Passaic (puh-SAYK’) County, N.J., charged a 14-year-old girl with child pornography for posting nude photos of herself on MySpace.com.

If she is convicted, she would have to register with the state as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

The laws generally require governments to alert neighbors of convicted sexual predators in their midst.

Kanka says the girl needs help, not legal trouble.

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