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ST. CHARLES, MO – A Missouri mother was arrested after a topless photo of her and her 14-year-old daughter she sent via Snapchat was circulated around the local school.

The 50-year-old mom and her daughter were posing with their nipples covered by their hands in an outdoor hot tub last November. The other daughter, a 13-year-old girl took the picture of the mom and her 14-year-old daughter.

Snapchat pictures usually disappear after a few seconds, meant to be seen for an instant before being deleted. But one of the recipients of the photo grabbed a screenshot and spread it around at school.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said: “The issue here is the fact the daughter was 14 and the mother was clearly present and involved when the photo was taken. It certainly appeared that the picture was posed and it certainly had some sexual overtones.” 

he mother is complaining that the allegations are ridiculous. “I was aware the photo was taken, and I told her at that second, please delete that photo,” the mom said. “I wasn’t posing I was getting out of the tub.”

She could spent up to a year in prison for endangering the welfare of a minor.

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  • Justin Sours

    So your saying SnapChat doesn’t work like they say it does. . .

  • freetexas2

    How is this “endangering” anyone? Doesn’t that Missouri prosecutor have some “real” work to do? It’s like Solzhenitsyn said, “When everything is against the law, they can arrest you anytime they like.”

    • Nunya Biznez

      Because it could be construed as child pornography. This isn’t a baby buns photo, this is a topless teenage girl and her mother. It’s very inappropriate to photograph something like that and then upload it online.

      Her daughters have obviously not been taught common sense!

      It’s one thing to be nude and another thing entirely to be nude and then photographed. It’s absolutely stupid to be nude, photographed, and uploaded!

  • firstofthefallen

    I agree that it was poor judgment but we’d all be arrested at some point if lack of common sense was the basis for criminal charges. There’s no real crime here and if the image is sexualized then maybe it’s the people viewing it who have the problem.

  • The common sense you are talking about seems to have been lost in the clouds years ago. The “cloud” was supposed to be so natural that there would be no need for restraint- then the high winds came and blew the beautiful part away and left the rest exposed.

    Maybe they were taught the lessons but it hadn’t really sunk in. At that age it is hard to counter the desire to be part of the crowd. Their actions weren’t any more stupid than the rest of social networking which not long ago included blogs like this.

    Plus our culture is a little too sensitive about nudity. Topless or naked doesn’t mean sexual to me. Maybe we’ll lighten-up when it comes to our bodies.

  • Chris Owens

    I guess all the nudist beaches are wrong…….snap chat is supposed to be private, what happened………its not like she was having sex with her daughter…………when did we all get so stupid

  • Chris Owens

    after reading all the way…seems that the person who should be prosecuted is the one who took a screenshot and showed it to everyone

  • M. Faze

    The St. Charles Prosecutor should make sure that he goes around to every Nudist Resort and have every Nudist Arrested for the Same thing. Because a lot of Nudist take photos of their families at these Resorts, and they should be prosecuted just as this woman is being prosecuted, otherwise, this is Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • Guest

    Should have claimed they were floatation devices. Another opportunity lost…

  • Caniac Steve Henderson

    must been slow crime day and they had to have something to do so when clown face runs for reelection it makes him look good for the press

  • downtown21

    “…it certainly had some sexual overtones.”

    “Some sexual overtones” does not constitute pornography. A bikini has “some sexual overtones.” Were anybody’s genitals showing? Was the intention of the photo to cause sexual arousal? This prosecutor should be ashamed of himself for even CONSIDERING making a case of this.

    They’re going to bully her into accepting a plea, because she can’t take the risk that she’ll actually be convicted. Disgusting.

  • downtown21

    “Because it could be construed as child pornography”

    Not by any reasonable person who actually knows the definition of pornography, sunshine.

    You blather about “common sense” but you clearly have none. Nobody was nude. Get a clue.

  • My Name is mud

    It’s freaking stupid that’s what it is. Great Job on setting a good example for your kids. I’m ashamed to be apart of this generation.

  • Bill Agans

    it wasn’t uploaded online. it was on snapchat.