My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
Hello, and thank you ahead of time for your help.
Chatroulette.com is a webcam chat site (supposedly anonymous) where you are matched with random people. If you dont like what you see or read you can simply press the next button, and both you and the other person will be matched with someone else randomly. On the front of the site there are two rules, be 16 and wear clothes, and then there is also the terms of service: http://chatroulette.com/terms.php (stating you have to be 18). However, if you visit the site, half of it is middle aged men showing penis's, and the rest drunks showing guns, or even some women exposing themselves. Rarely you do get normal people.
Theoretically in California if one went on chatroulette.com just trying to have some funny chat sessions, and saw mostly penis's and guns, then decided to expirement themselves, and, after a few clicks, they get a middle aged woman pleasuring herself with a sign that said "play with me". Noticing a new TOS on the site (stating you had to be 18 or older: http://chatroulette.com/terms.php) and she was definitly over 18, and with all the penis's, one decides they could experiment, whats the harm?
Anyways after a few moments of "cybersex" they noticed they were being "nexted" and other people where looking at them with penis in hand (didnt have face exposed). Then, out of shame, and not wanting to expose themselves inappropriatly, quickly spammed next and closed the laptop.
A few moments later after composing themselves, They decide to go back on, and notice they are banned. One did some research and found out they were recording IP addresses, and storing information for law enforcement. (Media hype?)
Reading several articles, have become real scared. Have they violated any laws? Did they expose themsleves to anyone underage even though you have to be 18 to be on the site? Can and will the FBI charge them with anything? Is this person working themselves into a fury?
In know way would this person have wanted any underage exposed, and being named a pedofile or sex offender would be the end of their life. Never would this person ever duplicate an action like this again! This person is paranoid now, probably making this post 15 miles from their home at a random free internet spot.
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated!