It's against the law to force your child to strip on Skype.
Obvious? Not so much. Anne Lussier of Attleboro, Mass. forced her 10-year-old daughter to engage in such conduct, and has since been charged with a bevy of crimes. She asserts that she was the victim of faux-photographer Joshua Dunfee.
He promised the mom and daughter duo $20,000 and a trip to Florida to take part in a photo shoot. But first, he needed to evaluate the girl's body type--in the nude.
Anne Lussier met Joshua Dunfee after sending out photos of herself while looking for modeling work, reports the Sun Chronicle. Posing as a legitimate photographer, Dunfee expressed interest in her daughter.
Lussier agreed to the body assessment, making her daughter strip on Skype while Dunfee looked on.
Somewhat surprisingly, it was Lussier's twin sister who reported her to police, notes ABC. She had told the girl's aunt about the incident, calling the child "uncooperative."
Dunfee has been charged with breaking federal child pornography laws, while Anne Lussier faces state charges of indecent assault, reckless endangerment, and exhibiting a nude child. She, too, could face federal charges, but that is unlikely given the situation.
Speaking of which, reputable photographers and other media professionals will never ask to see a minor nude. It is illegal to distribute and possess sexually explicit or obscene photos of minors. Nude photos will often fall into this category, creating a liability risk that true professionals want to avoid.
If Anne Lussier had known this, she might not have had her daughter strip on Skype.
- Massachusetts Woman Allegedly Has 10-Year-Old Daughter Pose Nude on Internet (Boston Globe)
- Crimes Against Children (FindLaw)
- Bath Photos & Wal-Mart: What is Child Pornography? (FindLaw Blotter)