Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: What happens if a woman I friended on Facebook sent pictures of a minor to me but I didn't ask for the picture?

Let me rephrase the question. She friended me. I didn't ask for the pic she sent it to me randomly. I deleted the conversation and blocked her. did I take the right steps?

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Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: I’m going to assume that these pictures were illicit? I don’t have enough facts to give you confident guidance or counsel, however, it’s unusual when someone that you friend on a tool like Facebook would send you unsolicited inappropriate sexual pictures of a minor child out of the blue. You need to make certain you didn’t acquiesce or seek out such content as that would be inappropriate and potentially a criminal act.

If it’s completely unsolicited and you did not know what you were getting ready to view when you opened up the image your message, you’re likely completely fine up to that point. If, however, you viewed it and shared it, that is a very serious felony charge under both state and federal statutes (Distribution of Child Pornography likely would be the charge).

Sounds like you handled it properly if it was unsolicited and you should be fine.

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