A 19-year-old East Liberty man had been charged with drug and weapons offenses, along with fleeing and eluding police. According to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, he reacted by getting together with a friend and posting a rap video on YouTube which included lyrics threatening to kill Pittsburgh police officers and called out two Highland Park officers by name.
Parents in Pittsburgh have likely heard that teenagers sometimes take risqué photographs of themselves on their cell phones and share the photos with their boyfriends or girlfriends. What the teens and their parents may not realize is that authorities in Pennsylvania are prosecuting this practice, known as "sexting," as a form of distribution of child pornography, no matter if the people involved are themselves minors.
Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh law enforcement officials recently confirmed that the number of reports of teenagers sending each other explicit pictures over the Internet or through text message are lower than commonly believed, and are dropping. That matches the national trend, according to a study recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report said that very few minors have sent pictures that would be considered child pornography.