Arrested 9-year-old boy’s mugshot lands online, privacy debate ensues

(credit: Kevin Dooley)

A 9-year-old Florida boy is facing two charges of aggravated assault, which police said entailed brandishing a butcher knife. While his first court appearance isn’t until November 5, his Tuesday booking photo has appeared on the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website. It was then scooped up by a Facebook page from a local mugshot site, prompting an online ethical and legal debate about the boy’s privacy.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said it was dispatched to the boy’s Fort Meyers residence amid allegations that he was hitting his 11-year-old sister on the head with a TV remote control. His 71-year-old grandmother said he allegedly tried to pull her to the ground, too.

According to local media:

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