Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.
Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.
Benda’s father, James Benda, said teens convicted of these crimes face an uphill battle when looking for jobs and going to college because of the social taboos of sex offenders.
A college already rejected his son because of his conviction, he said.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.
In Minnesota, adults and juveniles convicted of felony criminal sexual conduct or child-pornography possession must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Less-severe charges were filed last week against four students at Century Middle School in Lakeville, who are accused of using their cellphones to take and send “inappropriate” photos and video of two girls undressing in the locker room. The photos and video spread to more than 40 students at school.
“It almost makes you aghast to see how serious this stuff gets,” said John Leunig, a criminal attorney in St.
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.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.Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.Michigan has adopted similar legislation, and Illinois and California groups are pushing for those laws, too.