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Schenectady teen faces felony child porn charges

Schenectady teen faces felony child porn charges

A city teen is facing felony child pornography charges, accused of posting sexually explicit photos

A city teen is facing felony child pornography charges, accused of posting sexually explicit photos of a fellow teenager to his personal Facebook account, authorities said.

Police said he also possessed the photos without the victim’s knowledge, transferring them from the victim’s phone to his own.

Terrance Williams, 16, of Stanley Street, was being held in lieu of $1,500 bail after his arrest Friday on one count each of possessing a sexual performance by a child and promoting a sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

He is due back in Schenectady City Court today.

Williams is accused of possessing two photographs depicting sexual conduct by the victim at the age of 15. He is then accused of posting those photos to his personal Facebook page late on Oct. 8, according to court paperwork.

Williams knew the victim and transferred the photos to himself without her knowing it, a police spokesman said this week. Williams then posted the photos to his Facebook account in response to an incident between the two.

Williams is represented by attorney William Nowak, of the Schenectady County Public Defender’s Office. Nowak said Tuesday he is reviewing the case and wants to look at all the facts of the case and discuss it with the District Attorney’s Office. He said his client is a student and has no history with law enforcement.

Christina Tremante-Pelham is prosecuting the case. She said she is looking at the case, as she does all cases. She expected a decision on what direction her office will take at Williams’ court appearance today.

Local attorney Mark Juda, who is not connected with the case, said he’s heard of similar accusations against other teens elsewhere.

“Kids don’t realize it, but unfortunately that’s what happens,” he said. “You can’t be sending that stuff, obviously.”

Online reports of such cases are numerous: Police in Maryland charged a 17-year-old with child pornography counts on accusations he posted nude photos of fellow students on Instagram; three Florida teens were sent to a diversion program over similar accusations there; police in Pennsylvania charged a 19-year-old with posting nude pictures of a 16-year-old to a fake Facebook account. In the Pennsylvania case, the girl took the pictures herself and sent them to the suspect.

Such accusations can also take the form of what is commonly called “revenge porn,” generally defined as where an individual posts sexually explicit images on the Internet without the subject’s consent. The New York State Legislature passed and Gov. Cuomo enacted a measure in 2014 that allows for a charge of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony, in cases where someone views or broadcasts without consent images of someone engaged in sexual conduct. No such charge has been filed in Williams’ case.

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