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Teen Sues Snapchat for Sexually Explicit Content

He encountered Disney characters in 'too real' sex-with-a-penis situations

(Newser) - John Doe is a 14-year-old kid in Los Angeles who gets good grades, likes history and science, and uses Snapchat to communicate with friends. But on July 1, he came across a (NSFW) BuzzFeed piece via Snapchat's Discover feature headlined "23 Pictures That Are Too Real If You’... More »

Teen Was Handed an E-Cig. Then a Boom, and Blindness

It's against state and local laws to sell e-cigs to minors

(Newser) - A New York teenager has learned an anti-vaping lesson in the most painful of ways: An e-cigarette exploded in his face. Leor Domatov, 14, took a bus to the Kings Plaza mall in Brooklyn with friends last week and stopped at a vaping kiosk near the mall's entrance, where... More »

Virginia Looks to Bar 12-Year-Olds From Marrying

If law passes, kids under 16 can no longer wed, even if pregnant and with parents' OK

(Newser) - Although laws in Virginia state the minimum age to wed is 16, the fine print reveals a more disturbing picture: Much younger kids may be able to marry with parental permission and if the girl is pregnant, leading to extreme cases in which youngsters not even in their teens have... More »

Despite Promises, Iran Still Executes Kids

Girls as young as 9 are sentenced to death: Amnesty International report

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, Iran promised it would stop executing convicts under the age of 18. But a new report by Amnesty International shows that not only has the practice continued into the present day—it's given Iran the dubious distinction of being "one of the leading... More »

3 Kids Nabbed for Instagram Child Porn

Account posted nude photos, personal information of minors

(Newser) - Three youths in Florida are charged with electronic transmission of child pornography over an Instagram account that shared sexually explicit photos of minors. Two boys, 12 and 15, and a girl, 13, are accused of creating the account, which encouraged its 500 followers to "expose" their peers. Victims' names... More »

Girl Fights Connecticut Over Right to Refuse Chemo

Cassandra's chance of survival put at 80%-85% with treatment

(Newser) - After 17-year-old Cassandra was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in September, she underwent two chemotherapy treatments in November at Connecticut Children's Medical Center before running away from home because she didn't want to complete the prescribed chemo. Now Cassandra is in the middle of a legal battle headed... More »

Fleeing Violence, Illegal Youths Flock to US

But green cards aren't that easy to come by

(Newser) - Unaccompanied minors are surging into the US from Mexico, many seeking a haven from gang violence or hoping the government will take pity on them, the Miami Herald reports. But they endure terrible hardships on the way—like hunger, illness, robbery, and sexual assault, reports the LA Times —and... More »

Cops: Woman Had Sex With Boyfriend's Brother, 15

... while her boyfriend was in prison

(Newser) - It's your standard crime-blotter love story: Boy meets girl, boy goes to prison, girl takes a shine to his underage brother, and girl gets arrested on charges of having sex with a minor. Arizona police say Tanner Victory, 31, had sex with the 15-year-old brother of her imprisoned beau... More »

Creepy Google Engineer Stalked Teens Online

He was axed after accessing minors' accounts, spying on chats

(Newser) - An engineer has been fired after abusing his position at Google to spy on teenage chat transcripts and access their accounts. David Barksdale, 27, breached the privacy of at least four young teens of both sexes as a member of an elite tech group at the company, Gawker reports. He... More »

GOP DA Threatens Sex-Ed Teachers With Jail

Wis. lawman: Classes may contribute to delinquency of a minor

(Newser) - A Republican district attorney in Wisconsin is warning teachers who talk about contraceptives in class that they may be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Juneau County DA Scott Southworth calls a state law establishing a new sex-ed program in schools a "sick and shameful piece... More »

Utah Pol Quits Over Naked Hot Tub Romp With Minor

Accuser wants Garn to 'turn this thing around'

(Newser) - Admitting you shared a hot tub with a naked minor probably isn't the best political move, and it caught up with Utah's Republican majority leader Kevin Garn yesterday. In announcing his resignation, Garn said, "After discussing this matter with my family, I have decided that it is in the... More »

Utah Politician Admits Nude Hot Tub Romp With Minor

Paid her $150K to hush in 25-year-old incident

(Newser) - Utah's House GOP majority leader said late yesterday that he paid a woman $150,000 to keep silent about going nude "hot-tubbing" with her when she was a minor a quarter-century ago. In a shocking statement on the House floor, Kevin Garn, 55, said he paid her to keep... More »

Runaway Mass. Teacher, Student Found in W. Va. Hotel

24-year-old charged with enticing 8th-grader

(Newser) - Police today found the 8th-grade teacher who ran off with a 15-year-old student, WWLP-TV reports. Massachusetts police tracked a financial trail to find the pair at a hotel in West Virginia. They alerted the local cops, who arrested 24-year-old Lisa Lavoie this morning on charges of enticing a minor. She... More »

Supreme Court Strikes Down Web Porn Law

Overturns Child Online Protection Act on 1st Amendment grounds

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court closed the door today on legislation designed to protect children from Internet pornography, the New York Times reports. The legislation, which was signed into law in 1998 but never took effect, was repeatedly struck down on First Amendment grounds. It set strict fines and jail time... More »

Saudi Girl, 8, Can't Divorce Husband, 58: Court

Case must wait until girl hits puberty; she still lives with mother

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Saudi girl will remain married to her 58-year-old husband after a court struck down her mother’s request for a divorce, the Daily Mail reports. The hard-up father, who is divorced from the mother, signed a contract in August and received a dowry of about $7,400. The... More »

Arizona Boy, 8, Arrested in Double Murder

Police say youth shot his father and another man at home

(Newser) - An Arizona 8-year-old soon will be charged with the premeditated murder of his father and a boarder at his home, the Arizona Republic reports. The two men were found shot to death at the family residence Wednesday in the small town of St. Johns, and the boy was near the... More »

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