Last week, Eugene Police arrested a 19-year-old Sheldon High School student accused of soliciting minors for sexual photos and videos. Eugene Police Lieutenant Doug Mozan says Elliot Thomas Cumer is charged with two counts of "Use of a Child in A Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct."
Mozan: "And to put that in lay terms, what that means is: 'Compelling a person or facilitating a person who is under that age of 18 to take sexually explicit photographs.'"
As technology makes exchanging photos and videos easier than ever, Mozan says teens need to be aware of the consequences of their actions.
Mozan: "This is a great opportunity for parents to sit down with their kids and talk about the potential ramifications of allowing someone to photograph you, or sending sexually explicit photos over the internet, or taking those sorts of pictures and sharing them with others. Any of those things could theoretically result in a felony charge against someone."
Mozan says the case remains under investigation, and evidence shows the crimes date back one year. If convicted, Cumer could face a minimum five year prison sentence. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 27th. If anyone has any additional information regarding this case, they are asked to contact the Eugene Police.
Contact Sergeant Carl Stubbs at 541-682-8189
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