‘Sexting’ Teens Being Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

March 8, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Teens who take nude photos on their phones may want to think a while before hitting ‘send’.

A new trend has been sweeping the nation over the last few years, with more and more teens taking sexual photos of themselves on cell phones, web cams, and digital cameras, and sending them to peers. But it could do more then harm your reputation, it could put you in jail.

From a teen who has been sent to jail with a $140,000 bond for sending a picture of his ex’s breasts to a friend after accusing her of cheating, to a 15 year old girl who was charged with creating child pornography after sending nude photos of herself to a 27 year old man on Myspace, the punishment for the creation and distribution of child porn is severe…even if you are a teen who is making it.

While many are on board with the harsh measure being taken against such actions, some say it is too much.

“Kids shouldn’t be doing this — shouldn’t be engaging in this type of behavior,” First Amendment and Internet Law attorney, Lawrence Walters, said.

“But using these harsh criminal laws for child pornography is a bit of overkill.”

But it is more then just jail time that could effect a child’s life if this behavior is caught and charged. They may also have to register as sex offenders, a stigma that will follow them their entire lives.

“Regardless of the situation, the law dictates the charges, and they have to register as a sexual offender,” Deputy Carlos Padilla with the Orange Counter Sheriff’s Office stated.


3 Responses to “‘Sexting’ Teens Being Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography”

  1. Steven Moshlak on March 9th, 2009 7:18 am

    Unsolicited images and spoliation are two BIG and key defenses in these cases. Time for the defense (or the court) to call in a Computer Expert Witness.

  2. hsr0601 on March 12th, 2009 11:16 am

    A simple advisory e-massage from an outsider altered their behaviors by about 40 percent, if so, how effective their parents’ close attention and care will be ?

  3. KT D on March 16th, 2009 6:48 pm

    One of the biggest concerns is whether or not it is legally honest to convict a teenage boy guilty of sending his ex-girlfriend’s nude photos to friends of the same crimes as a child molester or producer of child porn. While I think the behavior of these kids/teens is disturbing and should be cause for concern within the technological, sociological, and political realms of this country; I do not think these minors are guilty of the child exploitation crimes with which they are being charged. I watched an interesting video over this “sexting” controversy at newsy.com earlier today. It summarizes the major arguments and gives quite a few different opinions. Check it out:


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