Tuesday, October 2, 2018

In Turkey, 16-year-old gets 4 years’ jail for kissing Girl Friend

A16-year-old boy in Turkey has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for kissing his 13-year-old girlfriend after teachers found his schoolmates sharing the video of the event. A court in Antalya Province on Friday found the boy guilty of sexual abuse under a law that forbids sexual conduct with children under the age of
15. Video filmed by a schoolmate showing the boy hugging and kissing the girl in the school was used as evidence.
Five other children — all school friends ages 13 to 16, including one who filmed the episode and others who shared it — were charged with using children to produce obscene images and spreading them. They were all acquitted. Zuhal Merve Ozfidan, the boy’s lawyer, said she would appeal the verdict, and declined to share the details of the case as it involves minors. The boy remains free pending appeal.
The daily newspaper Hurriyet reported that the boy and girl had met up in the schoolyard and hugged and kissed. A teacher who found the other children sharing the video referred the case to the school police, who brought it before prosecutors. School police are a relatively new introduction in Turkey, instituted for reasons of child protection, in particular, to tackle drug dealing. NYT

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