One of the early tests of a new law aimed at combating illegal online sharing of intimate images will be before a youth court today, with police alleging six Nova Scotia youths shared intimate images of more than 20 underaged women. Police in Bridgewater say images of more than 20 teen girls were circulated after allegedly being shared without consent in a Dropbox account.

Two 18-year-olds and four 15-year-olds were charged with distributing intimate images without consent, and possessing and distributing child pornography following a year-long investigation.

Bridgewater police chief John Collyer has said it’s an important test of the new criminal code provision on intimate images, which allows prosecutions for sharing a wider range of images than traditional child porn laws.

That law was brought in amidst the searing memories in Nova Scotia of the death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, who attempted suicide and was taken off life support after a digital photo of what her family says was a sexual assault was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour, N.S