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Greater Victoria teen convicted for possessing, distributing child porn
A Greater Victoria teenager has been found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography after she texted naked pictures of another minor found on her boyfriend's phone.
The 17-year-old, whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was also found guilty of uttering threats through texting.
Judge Sue Wishart gave her ruling today in Victoria Youth Justice Court after a one-day trial Thursday.
Defense lawyer Christopher Mackie is now awaiting a court date on a constitutional challenge, which was filed last September, asking whether or not child pornography laws should apply to cases involving young people.
"We knew (the conviction) was a necessary step, so I don't think we were under any illusions that this would be the end of the road," Mackie said in an interview.
"My client's argument has been that this isn't about child pornography, which was meant to address pedophilia and exploitation. It's about teenaged harassment or bullying and needs to be dealt with in a different manner."
The federal government plans to table an anti-cyberbullying bill this spring in the wake of several high-profile cases, including that of Halifax teenager Rehtaeh Parsons.
Mackie said the new legislation, if passed, could be relevant to his client's case.
"By all indications, this is a bullying case," he said.