Sexting? Go to Jail.


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Hot2na
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Technotica. Remember that discussion? If your teens are doing it, and you still think it is harmless. Why don't you give it a second thought?!

Now when you participate or engage in "sexting," if you are caught, there will be charges. Serious charges. A few kids are learning this the hard way by being slapped with child porn charges. Yes, you read that correctly.

Educate yourself parents and read the full story here. And that is just one of many hot news articles about it. Google the rest.

This crime will apply to adults on a much larger scale!

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MissEvergreen
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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

they're sure stretching the application of the term "Sex Offender" a lot further than the public's image of it. From the point of view of criminology major & researcher, consider these excerpts:

 Regarding Sexting

Phillip Alpert found out the hard way. He had just turned 18 when he sent a naked photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend, a photo she had taken and sent him, to dozens of her friends and family after an argument. The high school sweethearts had been dating for almost 2½ years. "It was a stupid thing I did because I was upset and tired and it was the middle of the night and I was an immature kid," says Alpert.

Orlando, Florida, police didn't see it that way. Alpert was arrested and charged with sending child pornography, a felony to which he pleaded no contest but was later convicted. He was sentenced to five years probation and required by Florida law to register as a sex offender.

Regarding Streakers

Recent University of Colorado graduate Eric Rasmussen, 23, is among the 12 runners ticketed Halloween night for indecent exposure after running naked with a wobbly orange squash on their heads along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. If convicted, he and 11 others could be required to register as sex offenders. Like many of the Pumpkin 12, he is finding a lawyer.

Regarding Romeo & Juliet Laws

When Ricky was 16, he went to a teen club and met a girl named Amanda, who said she was the same age. They hit it off and were eventually having sex. At the time Ricky thought it was a pretty normal high school romance.

Two years later, Ricky is a registered sex offender, and his life is destroyed.

Amanda turned out to be 13. Ricky was arrested, tried as an adult, and pleaded guilty to the charge of lascivious acts with a child, which is a class D felony in Iowa. It is not disputed that the sex was consensual, but intercourse with a 13-year-old is illegal in Iowa.

Ricky was sentenced to two years probation and 10 years on the Iowa online sex offender registry. Ricky and his family have since moved to Oklahoma, where he will remain on the state’s public registry for life.

Question: What if it was you on "the list" for one of these reasons?

Regarding Public Opinion of Sex Offenders

Mullen also said that he had planned the murders for some time and that on July 13, 2005, he had accessed the Whatcom County Sheriff's sex offender Web site, and from that selected at least one of the two victims," the release said. As is typical throughout the state, the Web site includes the residences of sex offenders who are required to register with local authorities.

 

Question: What if you couldn't decorate for halloween, go to a movie or go to your kids' school because you streaked or sexted someone, or because your ex got mad at you after you turned 18 a year before they did?

These laws are well intentioned but out of hand. In Texas, they now include the offender's place of employment. What employer is going to put up with the potential lynch-mob or the public opinion that they condone criminal sexual behavior? How are these people supposed to earn a living adequate enough to even pay for their probation and rehabilitation? Recidivism is around 5% in most studies. The "list" makes sense for a selected few, but not for the bulk of folks there.



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Almost Evil
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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

 Ok, for starters, you need to quote your source. Copy and pasting is frowned upon.

Secondly, I am 100% for punishing any type of sexual offender. I dont care how stupid anyone thinks the law might be. the law is the law and if you dont like it, you can move. Otherwise, face the consequences of your actions.

States are free to introduce their own laws however they please so long as they dont interfere with federal statutes, in which case federal law precludes state laws.

If you dont want to be labeled as a sexual predator- then dont be one.

 

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Hot2na
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MissEvergreen wrote:

These laws are well intentioned but out of hand. 

i agree w/that statement. there needs to be some consistency from state-to-state.

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MissEvergreen
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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

 Thanks, 2na. Food for thought. Sorry if feathers were ruffled anywhere.



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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

I caught this on the news last night, I grew up in Clifton:

Girl, 14, Charged With Child Porn For Posting Self Nude Pics

I guess it's better than the last time in recent memory my hometown made the news, for a church shooting...

While I don't disagree with charges being placed against the child (sorry, at 14 years old, she should know better), I find it disturbing that there are no charges against her parents, no mention of an investigation into their lack of parenting skills. 

 

 

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Hot2na
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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

'sexting' - - whether parents think so or not, it is increasingly becoming a problem. a teenager a few weeks ago killed herself over a semi nude body shot she sent via text/cell to her boyfriend, who when they broke up, sent it on to half of the class at their school. she went on t.v. to talk about how embarrassed she was, etc. held meetings at school w/the staff and parents. the pressure or humiliation was just too much for her to handle any more. story here.

i'd almost prefer to see 'pagers' come back in style/status for kids. no camera!

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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

 Im glad to see something is being done about this. And I dont think pressing charges is harsh either. Most of the time the "intended recipient" is not the only one who sees these photos/videos. Theres no excuse, ever, to proliferate underage (CP) nudies. Instead of saying "kids will be kids" maybe actually punishing these kids (since parents dont seem to be able to control their kids anymore) will have some affect.

 

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Hot2na
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Almost Evil wrote:

Instead of saying "kids will be kids" maybe actually punishing these kids (since parents dont seem to be able to control their kids anymore) will have some affect.

dead on there babe! confiscate the cellphone. sooner or later it will be to the point where as they hold the cellphone-contract-bill-paying-parent responsible for the sexting.

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Well there are plenty of girls aged 12-18 who have low self-esteem. Its not hard for some guy to convince them to send him a picture of herself that "no one else" will see. Then the girl finds out he decided to send it to 6 of his friends and they sent it the their friends and so on and soon half the school has it......... I question whether someone sending a photograph of themselves should be charged but the people that went passing it around....... why not? And if not child pornography they should come up with something else. I mean seriously kids have to learn there are consequences to their actions! This happened to someone my daughter knows. And no there weren't any charges pressed that I know of. It did give me the oppurtunity to discuss with her why we don't send pics that we wouldn't want mom or dad to see to anyone. I consider myself lucky that my daughter has a good head on her shoulders but I've spoken with some of her friends...........and it doesn't surprise me that this is something that needs to be addressed in this day and age.......

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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

I agree with you 100%

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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

Child Porn charges for 14-15 year old kids....gimme a break. I don't think they ought to be sending nude pics of themselves but child porn charges are way over the top. I don't expect the charges to stick though, even a mediocre lawyer would be able to dodge that one

Hot2na
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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

i agree that any kid or anyone under 18 should not be sending skin pics whether it be via texting or email. however, there are some states that in the court of law will put to trial a person between the ages of 13-18 as an adult - -of course depending on the charges/crime.  if the nude photograph being electronically transmitted is of a child, then it does fall into the "child porn" category. again, state dependent.

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Glovermann
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Re: Sexting? Go to Jail.

I know its state dependant but I was just saying any lawyer worth his salt would easily be able to argue how they ought not to get child porn charges to a jury. I just thought I should point that out before people start thinking there will be some kind of kids in jail on child porn charges epidemic

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