Solomon Island’s alicia Keys, a popular figure in the island’s toys, is the latest celebrity figure to be embroiled in a scandal involving child pornography.
The former teen idol was photographed nude by an undercover cop, and was arrested in late December, just weeks after a court found her guilty of a number of charges including child exploitation.
A few weeks later, a photo was shared on social media that appeared to show her with her nude body, including a handprint on her leg, prompting an investigation by the RCMP and police forces in New Zealand and Australia.
On Wednesday, Key was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to the child pornography charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
In her statement to the court, Keys said she didn’t know what the photos were or how the images were obtained.
“The photos were obtained from the internet.
I am ashamed to admit that my actions were an act of sexual exploitation,” she wrote in the statement.
The court heard that Keys was a teenage idol at the time of the alleged abuse, and the photos of her were “not particularly sexy,” but “tasteful” nonetheless.
She said she has never been the victim of any sexual abuse, though she acknowledged she has “made mistakes.”
The charges were dismissed in May 2016 after a year-long investigation by police.
Last year, the police and the RCMP were able to establish that Keys, then 16, was the victim.
“I believe it was consensual,” she told the court.
The two women had been involved in a consensual relationship for years, she said.
“It was very clear from the beginning that this was a serious matter.”
Key was arrested by police in late November 2016, and pleaded guilty to a number and charges, including child pornography, sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography images.
Key was found guilty on the child exploitation charge and received a nine-month prison sentence, but was not required to serve any time behind bars.
She was released in early January and has since begun to live with her mother in Australia.
The case drew international attention when the alleged victims, who are now teenagers, told the Australian media that the images showed them having sex in their homes.
They described the images as “really bad,” “torture” and “very sexual.”
The case has generated international attention for its impact on the public image of the island, with several celebrities, including actors Rooney Mara and Charlize Theron, and actors Nicole Kidman and Olivia Wilde, also coming forward to speak about their experiences.
“You’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty,” said Keys in an interview with Australian broadcaster Fox News.
“That’s the beauty of the internet.”