Sexting Felonies

Gary Gary
Do you think that minors (mostly 13-17) should be charged with felonies including for texting and sending pictures with their phones? In this article they talk about programs and cracking down on kids for this behavior.
06/09/2010
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LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by Gary
Do you think that minors (mostly 13-17) should be charged with felonies including for texting and sending pictures with their phones? In this article they talk about programs and cracking down on kids for this behavior. ... More
I think this is pretty ridiculous and so far out of line with what this law intends. Child pornography laws are intended to protect children from adults who would prey upon them.

These kids, while perhaps unwise, are not criminals for sending photos of themselves to each other and the underage recipients of such materials are not deviants for being interested in people their own age.


It's beyond inappropriate.
06/09/2010
Gary Gary
I totally agree that this is rediculous, but there is one gray area that I cannot decide where I stand with this stuff. Regardless of who creates 'CP' once it begins to circulate online it is equally damaging and equally illegal.
06/10/2010
Victoria Victoria
I think kids should be talked to sternly about taking inappropriate photos of themselves or friends and sharing them. I think any adult that solicits those type of photos from a child should be charged. The judge even says plainly that he is trying to teach these kids a lesson - and I can see where he is coming from, albeit it is somewhat extreme. Kids should not be sharing naked pics of themselves or friends - it is fucked up. So how do you stop them? That's the line of thought with these legislators.
06/10/2010
Alicia Alicia
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Originally posted by Gary
I totally agree that this is rediculous, but there is one gray area that I cannot decide where I stand with this stuff. Regardless of who creates 'CP' once it begins to circulate online it is equally damaging and equally illegal.
I watched an episode of I think it was "The Good Wife" that focused on that exact issue, I think that felony charges are extreme, but I do agree that something needs to be done if it gets to the point of the photos/videos being posted online.
06/10/2010
PolyGirl PolyGirl
The legal question is certainly interesting but I imagine they will work it out something like the range of consent ages for statutory rape. Psychologically, it seems like the school officials and the district attorney are really trying to regulate the sexual behavior as much as the pics. (See the quote where Chernot refers to the "wrongness" rather than the legality of the acts.)

Here's an interesting follow-up where the adults who handled the pics are in trouble, too.

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I imagine it is rather disturbing for adults to see video of kids having oral sex on school grounds and they must feel that they HAVE TO DOOOOOOO SOMETHING. Ah, for the days when kids hid behind the barn and parents could pretend these things never happened.
06/10/2010
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by Victoria
I think kids should be talked to sternly about taking inappropriate photos of themselves or friends and sharing them. I think any adult that solicits those type of photos from a child should be charged. The judge even says plainly that he is trying ... More
I agree that kids shouldn't be doing this at all, however teaching this kids a lesson about how their own behavior is harmful to themselves is a task for parents, not the court.

For as long as my daughter has had access to the computer we've had an ongoing discussion going with her about sharing no personal details, about realizing that people who say they are kids may not be, and heavily supervising her time online and her access to technology like cell phones.

Both her father and I share stories that appear in the news, when we find them, about the consequences of sharing pictures or inappropriate text messages.

The standard she is told to live by again and again is: If you don't want mom and dad to see it, it shouldn't be sent.
06/11/2010
gone77 gone77
I'm with Laurel on this; the task is for parents and not the court.

A quote from the article: "Should they be crimes at all?" he asked (Don Bailey, a Harrisburg civil rights attorney and former U.S. representative), rhetorically, before answering the question himself. "This is an overzealous and inappropriate application of the criminal law."

That says it all.
06/11/2010
Sammi Sammi
I'd agree - this should not be a felony, and should be something for parents to handle.
06/11/2010
Gary Gary
The big problem with creating heavy charges, and then having a program to expunge the charges is that there are going to be people who slip between the cracks.
06/14/2010
Kim! Kim!
This certainly should not be a felony if there are only children involved. No they shouldn't be doing it, there are risks involved. I don't think it should be surprising to anyone, kids experiment with their sexuality. However this should not be an issue between anyone other than the children and parents. If something happens on school grounds then by all means punish the kids in a typical school way, not by calling the police. Suspension, phone calls to the parents, perhaps speaking with a counselor about the repercussions of putting naked pictures of yourself out there, things like that are suitable punishments.
06/21/2010
Lurr Lurr
this is way outside the purview of government intervention. There is no excuse for the government to be that invasive of peoples lives.
09/08/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
Texting, no. The pictures, not felonies, but they should be reprimanded somehow.
09/08/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
There should be no felony for teens sending them to each other, though if the teens send it to someone younger than, say, 12, there should be some kind of punishment involved. Beyond that, if an adult is receiving messages/sending sexting messages on a regular basis, then the adult should be penalized, not the teen.
09/08/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
Do you think that minors (mostly 13-17) should be charged with felonies including for texting and sending pictures with their phones? In this article they talk about programs and cracking down on kids for this behavior. ... More
I think it should follow the same laws as minor-minor rape on a case by case basis.
09/08/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
I think its way to harsh of a punishment. I think it needs to be delt with at home first, then if it continues the parents might need a little talking to from uncle sam. LOL

I just gotta add this since its funny I saw this

At my sisters school a few weeks back a girls picture got out. Lets just say alot of people got it. I think that kids who took them were pretty stupid for taking them.

If everyone used some common sense and respect it wouldnt be a problem
09/24/2010
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