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Father finds underaged daughter on porn website

News 12 at eleven o'clock -- Friday, February 4, 2011

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- It started several days ago with a phone call, and ended with a North Augusta father on a website he'd never heard of, looking at something he never imagined he would see.

"A friend called me up and said I needed to look at this website. He said he wasn't sure, but he thought he saw my daughter."

Bob (name has been changed) wants to remain anonymous, but wanted to show News 12, and other parents, what he found: a pornography website called "My Ex-Girlfriend," which depicts sexually explicit images. It only took a few seconds of scrolling through the site before he found his daughter's face.

"Have you ever seen when Hiroshima blew up? Well, that's how I felt," he describes. "I was enraged."

What's worse, Bob says, his daughter had no idea the pictures were there. One shows her and several friends, also high schoolers, taking topless pictures in a mirror.

His daughter says they took them at a sleepover for fun, and thought they had been deleted. She says she doesn't know who would have had access to them or posted them online. His daughter is 15 years old.

"It says at the bottom of [the website] that all the people on there is 18 years old. Well I'm here to tell everybody they're not. I'm here to tell everybody you need to go look; your daughter may be on there," Bob warns.

"There's so many ways it can end up on the internet without intentionally meaning to."

Federal law defines child pornography as the visual depiction of a person under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The website "My Ex-Girlfriend" posts a disclaimer at the bottom of the page, stating all models are of age.

Trial attorney Victor Hawk says the punishment for child porn, if convicted, is aggressive, even if it's done by accident.

"If you have certain types of software, you may not even realize that your computer is open to sharing those images," Hawk explains. "You're held responsible for any distribution, anywhere throughout the world."

As for taking the pictures themselves, Bob says his daughter has learned her lesson. Now, he wants to take action.

"I know it's bad enough when you have kids doing these types of things," he says of the pictures. "But the technology is so powerful, they can put it all around the world in 30 seconds."

"If we can't police the internet, we need to shut it down. If we can't protect our children from it, we need to shut it down."

Bob says he recognized several of his daughter's friends on the site as well. He hopes to come together with other parents and take legal action.

The website is registered to a company in Nevada. News 12 called the number listed and spoke briefly with a man who identifies himself as the site's "main contact." He said he wasn't aware of those specific pictures and said he would call us back after speaking with other representatives. At the time of this posting, News 12 has not heard back from the company and our calls have not been returned.


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