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Instead, in the 21st century, technology is the way to date.Ask any 20-something and he or she has probably signed up for any number of smartphone apps or online dating sites. 5, 2015: Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in 2011 with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his 17-year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom.Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.
The two of them were introduced to one another by a mutual friend at a social function some weeks prior. As she steps outside, he offers an umbrella to shield her from rain showers, walks with her to the passenger side of the car, and opens the door for her. The pair takes a scenic route to a special destination: a reserved table at an elegant restaurant.Benda didn’t question his 17-year-old girlfriend when she took a naked picture of herself in the mirror on his cellphone. “I didn’t think.” Now, her former boyfriend is facing serious consequences.The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing."People don't realize how much information they're exposing even by doing something as slight as uploading a photograph."He adds, "Many online apps are very cavalier about collecting that information and perhaps exposing it in a way that would make you uncomfortable."Dating services e Harmony, and Spark Networks (JDate and Christian Mingle) signed an agreement in 2012 with the California attorney general's office to protect customers with online safety tools.These include companies checking subscribers against national sex offender registries and providing a rapid abuse reporting system for members.