Website posts risque pictures without consent, puts minors at risk

Photo by Dave MacQueen (WCIV)

by Stacy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}A website is catching the attention of teens, their parents -- and law enforcement -- because of the compromising pictures being posted to it.

Crissy Fucigna, 21,{}said she didn't send racy pictures over text message. But, she understood why people would.

"It's a way to keep relationships alive, on their feet," she said.

It may seem harmless. But imagine what could happen.

"You know that sending a picture, it's going to get sent out. It's a viral world," Fucigna said.

Charleston Police Detective Doug Galluccio works for the Internet Crimes Unit. He said he has a few cases dealing with one website in particular.

"It's nothing really special. It just gives a lot of people opportunities to look at other people in other states," he said.

He said users can post pictures to different categories. They list by topic and state.

Galluccio said the website does not have any disclaimers, which does not make it illegal, but does make it hard to contact the developers.

"With Facebook, it's easy to get in contact with them to have something removed within hours or a day. This is much more challenging. We don't have that information yet," he said.

He said none of the cases involved pictures of minors, but it's only a matter of time.

"This is one of those websites that parents need to go in and set up to block. If they're putting guidelines on websites their children can visit," Galluccio said.

And Fucigna knew consequences weren't always a priority.

"People who send pictures clearly aren't think about them getting out. They know," she said.

The state legislature is considering a bill that would make sexting illegal for minors, Galluccio said.

The website in question is run by people outside the U.S., he said.