Child Porn Charge for MySpace Revenge Pics

"It's truly an epidemic and no surprise," said Aftab. "Nothing is private anymore. Everyone wants to be Pamela Anderson."

With a cell phone or Web cam and Internet access, girls can distribute photos for all to see. "It's even good kids who you think never in a million years would they do it."

"They are looking for their 15 megabytes of fame," she said. "They want to be admired, want someone to want them. A lot of them are lonely and starved for attention. A lot of girls think they have no choice but to pose in this way. And then there are the thrill seekers who do it because it's edgy and cool."

Girls as young as 12 take photos of themselves "naked from the neck down," according to Aftab. "They come from good homes and their parents would be devastated if they knew."

Such was the case with Deborah Kusich, who was mortified when she discovered sexual photos of her 13-year-old stepdaughter on MySpace.

"She and her friend were humping the bed as if they were having sex," said the San Carlos, Calif., mother. Other photos were equally suggestive.

Girls Are 'Naive'

When she confronted her, the teen "came completely unglued. … I told her if I could get into her page, anyone could. She was totally naïve about it."

"I read all this stuff about kids who were putting their names and photos out there and were stalked by predators," she said. "I had the talk with her about how she was putting herself in the public domain."

Police doubt Alex Phillips will face "grave consequences" for posting the photos of his girlfriend online, especially because "she created them," said Yehle.

"This is becoming more common now," he said. "I can't say what he'll get at his age and her age, but they'll probably come up with a plea agreement."

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