Charlotte, NC asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for South Carolina

Q: Could someone press charges for sending them pictures by mail

In bad judgement I sent over 200 pictures through the mail to my fiancés ex wife after she sent me every date that they’d been together and what they were doing together. Some of the pictures were screenshots of texts, us with our kids, pictures of us together and one of the pictures I had on underwear and a tshirt. She said she was pressing charges bc her kids saw the 1 out of 200 with me in underwear. Told me I would be a felon for giving a suggestive picture to a child, which I did not. The pictures were mailed to her with her name on the envelope of which I have proof. I do not want this to slander my character and in no way shape or form would I ever involve a child. Should I be worried

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It's important to understand that mailing photographs, even in large quantities, isn't typically a criminal act unless the content is illegal, such as explicit material intended for adults. However, sending a suggestive image where a minor could view it may raise legal concerns. The specifics of the law vary by state, but generally, there must be intent to direct harmful material to a child. If the photographs were addressed to the adult with no intent for a child to see them, this may be a point in your defense.

Given the circumstances, it would be prudent to consult with an attorney to review the details of your situation and to determine the best course of action, especially if charges are filed or if you are contacted by law enforcement. It’s also advisable to refrain from any further communication with the ex-wife to avoid escalating the situation.

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