TABLE 2

Youth-Produced Sexual Image Cases Handled by Law Enforcement Agencies During 2008 and 2009: Distribution of Youth-Produced Sexual Images by Case Typea

Characteristics of Distribution CasesCase Type
Adult Involved Aggravated
n = 278
% (n)Youth-Only Aggravated
n = 183
% (n)Experimental
n = 214
% (n)All cases
n = 675
% (n)
Images were distributed86 (243)83 (148)83 (178)84 (569)
Cases where images were distributedb
 A minor took and distributed picture of self90 (215)66 (97)93 (169)84 (481)
How images were distributed
 Sent to another but not postedc86 (211)82 (118)84 (148)84 (477)
 Posted online, not sent to anyone5 (11)5 (9)11 (23)7 (43)
 Both posted and sent9 (21)13 (21)5 (7)9 (49)
Images were found ond
 Cell phone76 (159)85 (121)74 (134)78 (414)
 Computer or computer media37 (113)21 (38)20 (36)27 (187)
 Online site12 (31)16 (24)13 (28)14 (83)
 Digital camera or memory card7 (22)6 (5)9 (10)7 (37)
 Ipod or mp3 player1 (3)02 (2)1 (5)
 Other place3 (3)<1 (1)1 (2)1 (6)
 Images found on cell phone only57 (106)69 (96)65 (114)63 (316)
  • a Results are weighted to reflect selection probabilities. ns and percentages may not be proportionate because some cases have more influence than others.

  • b For distribution cases, n = 569.

  • c Sent images were distributed via texting, e-mail, or instant message; posted images were copied to a Web site where access could have been public or limited.

  • d Categories are not mutually exclusive.