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Should Teen's Criminal Record Follow Him to College?

Judge says courts should inform Temple University that Lehigh Valley teen downloaded child porn

 

A Lehigh County teen convicted of downloading child porn will have his juvenile criminal record follow him to college, according to a court ruling.

A Pa. Superior Court judge says Temple University should be informed of the misdemeanor, which took place while the student was in high school, according to a WHYY report.

The teen's attorney has the right to ask for another review of the controversial ruling.

Do you agree with the judge's decision? Tell us in the comments section below.

The teen in question was also found guilty of one count of sexual abuse of children, according to Phillyburbs.com.

The Phillyburbs report says this ruling will open many questions about who juvenile probation officers are required to contact - what happens when a student tranfers from one school to another or takes online classes?

The Court issued this statement on the case, according to NBC 10:

"We cannot conclude that a child who is adjudicated delinquent of a felony presents a danger to elementary, middle and high school students, but ceases to present a danger once the delinquent child enrolls in college."

bill frome September 19, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Heck yes why not. Kids these days use their age as a crutch.
Michelle Schafer September 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
was it *child* porn or was it a bunch of teens undressed? Big difference. If it was "kids" around his age, then it's normal curiosity and most kids don't consider that "child porn" since teens no longer consider themselves children. If it was small kids (elementary age) then yes, the school should know, but not teachers. Keep a monitor on his computer use, etc.
tamarya September 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I will not lie, I had sex as a teen. And there was no way my mom would have someone arrested, because she knew me, her teenage daughter was no sweet little princess either. Now if I was raped and not willing different story.
tamarya September 19, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I understand laws were different in the 90's but kids are still kids, it was just different decades we were children.
Sheriffchris September 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Child Porn and Child Abuse are two very big indicators of a repeat offender. The school needs to be notified, could you imagine if he got a position involving little children.

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