Ct Patriot: First thing I want to say is don’t put anything online, you don’t want online. That being said its a shame that any person has to deal with such and embarrassing invasion of privacy. But I also am doing this post as an social experiment, to see how many actually are going to look for pictures of an underage girl. Which Is a sickness, get some help you pervs.
I Was Underage in Hacked Nude Pics
TMZ has learned one of Maroney’s attorneys fired off a letter to Porn.com … informing the site that McKayla was underage in several of the photos. The letter demands the images of McKayla — who turned 18 last December — be taken down immediately.
The legal claims by her attorneys are a strong indication the photos really do show McKayla — even though she said on Twitter they were “fake photos.” It’s also possible only portions of the images are really McKayla. The letter is not specific.
A rep for Porn.com tells us they immediately removed the pics once they got the letter from Maroney’s attorney.
Are people who looked at McKayla Maroney’s underage photos guilty of looking at child pornography?
September 4, 2014
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, one of a number of female celebrities whose private nude photos were posted online without their consent, has now taken legal action against several of the websites that posted her images. Maroney says she was under 18 at the time the photos were taken, which has some wondering whether the images constitute child pornography. (For the purposes of pornography laws, anyone under 18 years of age is considered a “child.”)
Child pornography, as defined by the US Department of Justice, is “any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor.” Under federal law, it is illegal to produce, distribute, import, receive, or possess child pornography. And notably, “the legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity,” according to the Citizen’s Guide to US Federal Law on Child Pornography.
TMZ reported that one of Maroney’s attorneys sent a letter to , a site that reposted Maroney’s naked photos, informing the site’s administrators that the gymnast was in fact underage at the time the photos were taken. The images were taken down. Another of her attorneys, writes TMZ, sent letters to several other websites claiming “Maroney owns the copyright on the hacked photos.” (Maroney originally denied the pictures were hers on Twitter, but her attorneys’ involvement suggests the photos show the gymnast, as NY Daily News points out.)
While sharing anyone’s nude photographs against their will is both a violation of law and a breach of ethical responsibility, the revelation of Maroney’s age certainly complicates this issue in several ways. And as the Daily Dot pointed out, many Reddit administrators and users have been hurriedly trying to wipe any and all traces of Maroney’s photos from their website — which certainly seems like it’s an acknowledgement of wrongdoing. For example, the administrators specifically used the phrase “child pornography” on the Reddit thread.
Here are a few questions raised by Maroney’s stolen pictures: