A couple was charged with sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor after pictures were seen by a Walgreens' worker. The incident started when the photo developer at Walgreens noticed pictures of naked children. She notified the loss prevention department who later informed authorities. Out of thirty photos a few showed the father kissing the naked 9-month old on his bottom, ear, and genitals. The rest of the photos were not deemed pornographic. During the police investigation officials uncovered that the couple was living and working in the U.S. illegally. The father will most likely be deported, while the mother is willing to leave voluntarily once she gets her child back. The baby is in state care. A similar incident from pictures developed at a Wal-Mart, resulted in three sisters ages 5- years old, 4-years old, and 18-months being taken from their home. Pictures depicting the girls during and after bath time prompted police to investigate and started what parents called a year long nightmare. In both cases officials are standing behind their investigation with the basic idea that it’s better to be safe than sorry. The safest strategy might be to not post child pictures on social networks or photo sharing sites if the child is not fully dressed. See, Penal Code Section 311.3.
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