Public Advisory – Pornographic Video Circulating on Facebook
MIDDLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Authorities are reaching out to the community about an illegal video being distributed through Facebook Messenger involving a young girl performing an illicit act with an adult male.
According to Clarksville Police, the video has been circulating across the country. FIRST AND FOREMOST, DO NOT SHARE THIS VIDEO even if it appears to be coming from a friend. There is no purpose to forward, share, or view the video in an effort to catch the perpetrator. It is redistributing material considered to be child pornography which is illegal and could potentially result in seizure of the electronic device which had the pornographic material.
Facebook is already aware and taking action to remove the images. The Clarksville Police Department is investigating cases from over the weekend associated with the video. The facts and evidence in each case will ultimately determine the fate of the electronic device(s). For now, the only people who should contact their local law enforcement about this particular video are those who have shared or opened the video. If you suspect that you have received this message and have not opened it, simply delete the message. Keep in mind, every time the video is opened or forwarded, the child is being re-victimized.
We’ve provided some general information for public awareness. The US. Justice Department defines child pornography as:
Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (persons less than 18 years old). Images of child pornography are also referred to as child sexual abuse images.
Federal law prohibits the production, distribution, importation, reception, or possession of any image of child pornography. A violation of federal child pornography laws is a serious crime, and convicted offenders face fines severe statutory penalties (For more information, see Citizen’s Guide to Federal Law on Child Pornography).
If you know of any children in danger, please report it to your local law enforcement, state law enforcement, and the FBI.
To report an incident involving the sexual exploitation of children, file a report on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)’s website at www.cybertipline.com, or call 1-800-843-5678. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.
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