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8-Year-Old Finds Porn On Nintendo System He Got For Christmas

12/27/2013 09:38 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

A Hampton, Va., father wants answers after his 8-year-old son discovered porn on a Nintendo handheld gaming console that he got for Christmas.

Tom Mayhew told Virginia TV news website WAVY that his son and some other young children discovered pornographic stills on the gaming system when he was playing with it Christmas morning.

"It was a shocker because we had family here, and there were a lot of kids here," Mayhew told the station. "The kids were the ones that discovered those pictures."

There were 12 images in all, with time stamps from early December. Mayhew said he bought the Nintendo at a local Walmart on Dec. 23. He originally thought the images came with the toy, but he now thinks someone bought it previously, put the porn on it, and then returned it. Mayhew said thought the Nintendo was new, not used.

"There is no reason for them to be even really on there. It's disgusting for one. It seems that this was the only thing left on it," Mayhew said.

Although WAVY reported that the system was a Nintendo DS, that system was discontinued in 2007.

The Nintendo DSi, a redesign of the system, is capable of web browsing. It comes with several cameras, and can store external content. Those feature might explain how a previous user was able to get porn onto it.

This isn't the only incident in which a child discovered porn on a Nintendo device. Last year, a Colorado father was furious to find that a used Nintendo 3DS he bought as a Christmas gift for his 5-year-old son had 9 racy images on it.

"You can't unsee this," father Mark Giles told KUSA at the time. "He's not going to forget about this tomorrow."

GameStop gave him a new Nintendo 3DS and some games for his trouble. The store said that despite stringent refurbishing policies, occasionally things slip through.

On Christmas morning 2012, a 9-year-old girl in Sacramento, Calif., discovered pornographic videos on an Android tablet. The device was purchased through Target, which suggested the child's mother return the gift, CBS 13 reports.

In October 2012, a mother in Georgia filed a lawsuit against Sprint and RadioShack after her 13-year-old daughter allegedly found pornographic images on a cell phone.

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