Teen Charged with Crime After Posting Photo with Jesus Statue on Facebook
By Daniel Bean
A Pennsylvania teen was charged this week with “desecration of a venerated object” after posting a photo of himself and a statue of Jesus involved in a sex act, according to The Smoking Gun.
The photo was taken in late July in front of a Christian organization in the boy’s hometown of Everett. The boy could face up to two years in a juvenile detention facility, according to a not-so-oftenly cited 1972 Pennsylvania state law, which considers the lewd act a misdemeanor.
According to the Huffington Post, the teen’s original Facebook picture update containing the picture attracted 124 comments, ranging everywhere from encouragement to scorn.
Though the strict enforcement of a law as antiquated as this one may not be very common, this young boy’s story is certainly not the first time we’ve come across the tale of a social networker getting in trouble for what he has put online. In the past we’ve compiled Facebook status updates and tweets that have cost people their jobs, caused them public embarrassment, and, yes, gotten them charged with crimes, too.
Whether or not the teen in question is sentenced to the full two years, let it serve as a reminder that it’s a smart practice to think before you post.
POSER: If you were the judge what would you do to this young man?