CUMBERLAND COUNTY, North Carolina ( The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Taking ‘selfies’ has been officially declared a mental disorder — selfitis — by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) early last year. Now, it is also a crime, at least in North Carolina.
A 17-year-old boy is facing 10 years in prison after being charged as an adult for having sexually explicit photos of a minor – himself.
Cormega Copening, from North Carolina, where the age of criminal responsibility is 16, is facing two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation and three counts of third-degree exploitation. The third-degree charges of sexual exploitation of a minor actually stem from the pictures Copening had of himself. Each count is a felony charge carrying at least two years in jail.
“In North Carolina you are considered an adult at 16 years old as far as being charged,” said Sgt. Sean Swain of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. “But to disseminate and receive sexually explicit texts, photos or videos, you must be over 18.”
So when in North Carolina, be discreet when taking selfies, especially if you’re under 18. You will not only be diagnosed with selfitis. You will also be put behind bars.