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Teen Sexting Investigators Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Missouri cops seek to search student Dropbox accounts after seizing cellphones turns up no nude pics.

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Just when you think the misguided war on teen sexuality can't get any sillier … Missouri law enforcement is serving cloud-storage site Dropbox with a search warrant for an account used by area teens suspected of sexting. The cops were called to Missouri's Joplin High School earlier this week after school officials heard rumors that students were sharing nude photos via phones and Dropbox.

According to local news station KY3, the cops interviewed students and seized some of their cell phones. And what did they find? No pics. But Joplin's Cyber Crime Task Force is undeterred! With just a little more privacy infringement, they're certain they can turn up some nude teen photos. From KY3: 

No arrests have been made, but the Cyber Crime Task Force based in Joplin is only beginning their investigation. 

Police are sending a search warrant to Dropbox so they can stop further access to the images and determine whether any minor students are indeed depicted in the photos. If so, the parents of all involved will be notified and a prosecutor will determine if any child porn laws have been violated.

Corporal Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department said selfie takers wouldn't likely be prosecuted, but teens who took or shared nude photos of each other could be. 

Every week, stories from around the country reveal a ridiculous amount of energy going into criminalizing such youthful indiscretions. But charging teens who sext as child pornographers is just a small part of the school-to-prison pipeline we're assiduously building. Earlier today Robby Soave wrote about how schools are increasingly calling in the cops to deal with mild misbehavior such as grade school temper tantrums. 

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81 responses to “Teen Sexting Investigators Have Their Heads in the Cloud

  1. We came a’ lookin’ fer nudie pics…and find them we shall!

    /Joplin Cyber Crime Task Force

  2. Fuck these people.

  3. Fucking sick perverts.

  4. Alternate headline: Law Enforcement Officials Rush to View Nude Teens

    1. “head in cloud” is ok but I’d have gone with “show me state”

      1. Missouri Cops to Teens: Show Me Your Nude Selfies

      2. Leaving the “s” off does create a nice double entendre.

  5. Sexting from one device to another is one thing, but sharing nude pics with Dropbox would really be sharing, as it would automatically upload everything put into the dropbox to every device connected to the account, which could be everyone in the school if they all had the account name and password.

    1. Hell, if the cops managed to connect a department cell phone to the suspected account, all they’d have to do is wait for evidence to, literally, be delivered to them. Fourth Amendment would likely apply though.

      1. But then they would all be guilty of teen sexting. Who would be left to light the stakes?

        1. IMMUNITY!

    2. Still much less harmful than being charged with child pornography offenses.

      1. What makes you think that isn’t going to be on the menu?

        1. Oh, it is, I’m sure. I was referring to having the pictures in Dropbox.

    3. Regardless, it’s completely irrational to charge teenagers with child porn charges for sharing naked pictures of other teenagers. Or should we charge 15 year olds with statutory rape when they sleep with each other?

      1. Regardless, it’s completely irrational to charge teenagers with child porn charges for sharing naked pictures of other teenagers.

        Sure, I wasn’t suggesting otherwise. I was just noting that, I think, even teenagers would show a bit more discretion in disseminating naked pix than using Dropbox.

      2. Or charge every 15 year old that masturbates with child molestation.

      3. From Jacob Sullum’s article:

        A 2007 report by Human Rights Watch found that “at least 28 states require registration as a sex offender for someone convicted of having consensual sex with another teenager, if the offender was either age 17 or two years older than the other party.” Eleven states set no minimum age difference.

      4. “Or should we charge 15 year olds with statutory rape when they sleep with each other?”

        I am too lazy to look it up, but I remember within the last couple of years some sadistic reptilian bitch prosecutor was charging a three or five year old child as a sex offender for playing doctor with another kid that age. Of course she was charging the boy, not the girl.

        It is easy to forget that for a sociopath there are no lines. Nothing is over the top, nothing is out of bounds, nothing is ridiculous. Either it serves them personally or it doesn’t.

      5. Ummm… yes? Unless they agree to “mollify” the cops.

  6. Corporal Chuck Niess, you are a complete moron and sphincter. That you have powers of arrest of folks is both disgusting and frightening.

    Stay away from me and my family, tough guy.

  7. The cops were called to Missouri’s Joplin High School earlier this week after school officials heard rumors that students were sharing nude photos via phones and Dropbox.

    What judge signs off on a warrant based on high school rumors?

    1. eventually all of them.

    2. They sign off on blank warrants and the cops fill in the blanks. The “Judge” could be a magistrate with nothing more than a HS diploma and on the job training in registering deeds and death certificates. A better question would be what judge doesn’t sign any warrant the cops want?

  8. So, let’s see what’s happening here.

    Apparently these cops are dead set on finding some pictures of underage teen girlies. I’m sure their motivations are all pure.

    1. “It’s not our fault women start going downhill at 15 – it’s just biology.” – Joplin Police Officer

      1. half of em want to see nude teen dudes

        1. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    2. What makes you think they were interested in the girlies?

      1. The normal men and the lesbians would be interested in the girlies.

        1. A normal man can be a cop? Abnormality is a job requirement.

      2. That was very heteronormative of me.

  9. Corporal Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department said selfie takers wouldn’t likely be prosecuted, but teens who took or shared nude photos of each other could be.

    So the child pornographers themselves won’t be prosecuted, but the recipients of their acts would be?

    But let’s say they were too. That still leaves the logical contradiction that these people cannot consent to sex because the rationale is they are naive and should not have any ideas about sex despite being past puberty, yet, they are held responsible for sex crimes because should have been fully aware of sex to make the proper lawful decision about it.

    In other words, a 17 year old literally has no more rights than a 7 year old because they are not at that magical age yet as deemed by other people, where they are prepared to know better, yet they can face serious life-ruining felonies because they should have known better.

    1. It doesn’t have to be logical. Shut up and eat your chocolate ration.

    2. Are you attempting to impose your “logic” on us? Teh patriarchy!

  10. brb, entering these cops in a private sector maintained pedo db.

  11. I cannot wait to hear what Maggie Gallagher has to say about this

    1. Would you like to see a naked picture of me? *wink*

      1. Please! I didn’t eat dinner yet. Just the thought of that is causing me to double my daily tequila ration.

  12. Why you people even bother to procreate any more is beyond me.

    1. Maggie Gallagher says I have to or God will smite me.

      1. Just stick it in me. Anywhere you want.

        1. This TV remote? You sure? OK…..

        2. Not even with Warty’s cock (or whatever he has that he calls a cock)

          1. Prehensile proboscis.

          2. It’s sort of like a lobster’s tail, only without the shell.

    2. It’s because we procreate that you have this. It’s not rational, but after you become a parent of a teenager, you decide that some folks just need an honor killin’.

    3. Maggie Gallagher says it’s necessary for the future to happen.

      1. Fill my womb with your seed.

        1. +1 time to plow

        2. How about a coconut? That’s about the right size of seed for her.

  13. I was in Joplin about three weeks after the tornado wiped it out in 2011. That was quite a thing to see. On topic: fuck these pervert hillbilly scumbag pigs. Fuck them in the fucking ear.

  14. For those escaping the other thread, words cannot do these 20 minutes of Divorce Court justice. First there is the description:

    Lia and Nathan have been together for 5 years. The two met at a Halloween party where Lia was dressed Lil Kim and Nathan was dressed as Hello Kitty. Lia says things were good for the first few years they dated until Nathan moved 6 hours away to attend school. Lia says Nathan then moved to San Francisco for a few months chasing his dreams of being a fashion designer, before moving back in with her again. Lia says her sex life with Nathan is non-existent right now. She says she wants a traditional family with kids, and she doesn’t think Nathan does.

    Secondly, the husband accuses his wife of sleeping with the entire Wu-Tang Clan. She musters a half-hearted denial.
    Thirdly, the details of her fetish for dressing him in a fat suit and having him rap like Rick Ross are exposed during the testimony.

    Just…just watch!

    1. Secondly, the husband accuses his wife of sleeping with the entire Wu-Tang Clan.

      Talk about burying the lede. That should be the highlight, not the secondary thought.

    2. Nathan was dressed as Hello Kitty

      Nathan then moved to San Francisco for a few months chasing his dreams of being a fashion designer,

      Lia says her sex life with Nathan is non-existent right now

      Lady, take a hint.

      NTTAWWT

      1. If she didn’t see it immediately when she met the guy dressed as hello kitty, she aint gonna get it now.

        1. Hello Kitty can be an awesome costume for the right dude, such as one who sounds like Tom Waits when he talks.

    3. Sounds to me like the husband got scooped up.

  15. Godspeed, brave officers. I hope you find the nudie pics you’re after. Hell, find some other teen nudes and plant them on the dropbox folder if you have to. Make sure these kids know the penalty for sharing images of their young, tight bodies with one another. You’re doing the right thing. Once you find these pictures. Hopefully some GIFs, too.

  16. The other thread is just gross. You people.

    So. Misha Collins – troll or greatest troll?

    Actor gives out phone number and trolls fandom. Madcap hijinks ensue.

    Okay, so my friend actually got Misha on the phone. She was in line waiting to order at Chipotle, and asked him what she should order. And Misha told her: “Only order a single bowl of pinto beans and guacamole.” And he heard her tell the cashier that she wanted a buyrrito and he said, “I thought I trusted you” in a whisper on the other line.

    1. I missed the first 200 posts on that thread, which is proof that God loves me and wants me to be happy.

  17. Since when is a rumor sufficient cause for a search warrant?

    1. Get a load of this guy!

      What, you entered a coma on 9/10/01 and just woke up today?

      1. So somebody were to hear a rumor that a particular sheriff was fucking sheep, that would be grounds for a warrant?

        1. I don’t know, does that sheriff also moonlight as an aviation lawyer?

          1. Rumor now corroborated by multiple independent sources…

          2. No one can deny the possibility.

        2. Of course not. The standard of evidence for government enforcers is a signed note from the hand of God over the signatures of four saints.

        3. sheriff = protected class. So no.

        4. Actually, the sheep was fucking him. It was next in line after the donkey.

  18. They all want cake.

    1. And kiddie porn.

  19. Started the Netflix series “Daredevil” last night.

    Top-notch. Thanks for the recce, commentariat.

  20. Girls today sure get an early start on diminishing their marriage market value.

  21. But … but … but we have to protect teenagers from their own bodies, by throwing those teenaged bodies in jail! How else will this madness ever stop?

  22. this seems like a good way to teach our teens about encryption technology.

  23. Yes, throw them in jail for being horny teenagers. That’s the obvious solution to the “problem”. Joplin PD, serving their community.

    1. Fucking knuckledraggers

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