Perez Hilton has been taking some heat over the past few days for using his Twitter account to post what may or may not have been (but is rumoured to be) a panty-less picture of Miley Cyrus. The pic in question has been taken down but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about whether Perez should face child pornography charges, Miley being just 17.
Salon.com spoke with Jeffrey Douglas, a Los Angeles criminal defence attorney who specializes in child pornography cases and he said, “We’re not talking about a misdemeanor. You don’t have to know what the definition of the law is; all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph. Under the law, that is still a crime and it is punishable just the same [if it is an edited photo]. For instance, if you were to take the face of an 8-year-old and put that picture on the nude body of even an identifiable, fully developed adult porn star, it is child-porn punishable identical to if you took a photo of the actual child.”