Orange County Parents and Teens are Upset and Shocked
Teen Pix are Turning up on Gay Porn Sites
Photographer Worked for Irvine Police Department
Students, parents, and school officials are in shock over the revelation that dozens of photos of high school athletes participating in water polo, some as young as 14, have turned up on gay-oriented web sites “juxtaposed next to photos of nude or semi-nude young males and graphic sexual content.”
The Orange County California newspaper, the OC Register, found dozens of photos of the unsuspecting athletes on at least five gay-oriented Web sites.
An investigation by the Register also uncovered the identity of the photographer, a dispatcher for the UC Irvine Police Department, Scott Cornelius. Cornelius remains on “active duty” while the authorities conduct an investigation.
According to the Register there may not be any “crime” committed by Cornelius, whose photos on the gay porn sites have been viewed from across the world. The issue seems to be one of “Free Speech” and photography. Evidently “photographers” are protected by the First Amendment.
“The courts have generally favored free speech. But (the fact) that these photos are on Web sites, pornographic Web sites, raises valid questions about its legality,” Solorio said.
But Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and constitutional law experts said the photographers are protected by the First Amendment.
“Based on our research, we have found it’s very hard to regulate images on the Internet,” Smyth said.
Cornelius had permission to take the photos, permission granted by a media operations official to a tournament in 2007.
Does permission to take a photo give the photographer rights to post it on a porn site?
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