Ga. man gets 13-plus years in Pa. 'sexting'

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 12:31 PM
Last updated 12:36 PM
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TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. — A Georgia man will spend more than 13 years in prison for soliciting sexually suggestive photos of a 13-year-old northeastern Pennsylvania girl.

Fifty-three-year-old Scott P. Swanson of Hiawassee, Ga., was sentenced to 160 months in federal prison Thursday by U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik.

Swanson solicited photos of the Tunkhannock Area Middle School student after seeing her seminude picture on the Internet.

The girl was one of 20 teens that Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick threatened with child pornography charges after school officials confiscated cell phones containing racy photos of teenage girls in 2008. She wasn't charged but completed an educational course on pornography created by the DA.

Swanson had pleaded guilty to aiding the production of child pornography in May.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/08/10 - 12:34 pm
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Semi nude? Is that like semi

Semi nude? Is that like semi pregnant?

iLove
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iLove 10/08/10 - 12:49 pm
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I do not agree with this
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I do not agree with this "sexting" laws. They are a bunch of crap. How can you sentence someone 13 years in jail when the girl ALREADY had "seminude" photos on the internet???

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/08/10 - 12:55 pm
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Almost always, you are either

Almost always, you are either nude or you are not. There is not that much of an in between.

dougk
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dougk 10/08/10 - 02:19 pm
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Why is semi-nude so hard to
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Why is semi-nude so hard to understand? Am I "nude" when I am bare chested and have pants on?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/08/10 - 02:52 pm
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No, you're topless!

No, you're topless!

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corgimom 10/08/10 - 03:18 pm
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iLove, because adults are

iLove, because adults are supposed to know more than children.

Because adults are far more aware of children between right and wrong, and they know that a 13 year old posting seminude pictures on the Internet is downright stupid and will cause terrible problems for themselves and others.

13 year olds cannot predict the consequences of their behavior. Adults can.

And it is illegal to solicit nude photos of children under 18, no matter what foolish and dangerous things they do.

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