LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette woman is accused of deliberately posting a nude photo of her teenage daughter on the girl's Facebook page.
The 50-year-old woman faces charges of child exploitation and child pornography possession in connection with the November 2011 incident.
Detective Mark Pinkard told the Journal & Courier that investigators spent a year collecting evidence, including issuing subpoenas to Facebook and the teen's cellphone provider.
The investigation began after a concerned teacher tipped off police.
A probable cause affidavit says the 14-year-old girl took the photo of herself but that her mother had possession of the phone when the picture was uploaded to Facebook.
"After speaking with the girl, it was a self portrait of herself. At that point we realized the picture hadn't been put on there by her, but someone else," said Detective Mark Pinkard, with Lafayette Police.
The photo was on the popular website for several hours before it was flagged and removed. Police sent a digitized photo of the girl to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"And they sent it to their database and they make sure when the photo surfaced on Facebook, that someone didn't screen capture it and then try to exploit her any further," Pinkard said.
The child exploitation charge carries a potential sentence of six to 20 years in prison.
RTV6 is not identifying the mother in an effort to protect the identity of her daughter.