Should Teenagers Who Sext Each Other Face Criminal Charges?

How should law enforcement handle sexting cases between teenagers?

As if parenting isn't full of enough worries, evolving technology means parents now have to worry about one more thing — sexting.

It also often falls under the child pornography laws of states.

In Walpole, Mass., police are conducting a sexting investigation involving at least 10 students after a parent found inappropriate images on a cell phone and contacted authorities.

Technically, a nude photo taken by an underage teenager and sent to another underage teenager could result in felony child pornography charges. Walpole police said they do not plan on charging anyone because there was no criminal intent and the laws have not kept pace with the technology.

In 2012 in Smyrna, Georgia, a high school student was charged with a misdemeanor after sending photos of himself to three female classmates.

Pennsylvania passed a law specifically criminalizing sexting between teenagers. It is illegal for someone younger than 18 to take a nude photo of his or her self and send it to someone and it is illegal for someone underage to possess a nude photo of a person between 12 and 17.

How should law enforcement handle sexting between underage teenagers? Tell us what you think in the comment section.
usmcboi March 13, 2014 at 06:36 PM
what an idiot
Kay Gouldner March 16, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Oh I got exactly what you were saying. And I was replying that while it may circumvent legislation it's not exactly a feasible way to handle the situation. The truth is that this shouldn't even be on the table. The powers that be feel that they should take laws that pertain to pedophiles and apply it to teenagers that are being just that, teenagers. Not that I have to defend myself at all here, but no I am not Mormon. I'm probably one of the most free thinking individuals you'll run across and Mormon is the furthest thing I could be. And yes, I do have younger than 20 year olds in the house so good job on deducing what age children I'm referring to. I don't need to watch my 20 year olds. They're adults and have been given life skills and morals that wouldn't put them in a situation that we're discussing here. End of story, government should not be enforcing or proposing laws that are the parent's right to enforce.
Charlene Stepp March 23, 2014 at 04:58 PM
We should ruin these kids lives. Take all these teens to court and charge them with pornography. Those who are 18, yet still in HS, should go to adult court, charged with pornography, be labeled a pedophile, and put on the sex offender list for 20 years. That'll teach them!!
blackoutmetal666 March 30, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Charelene don't be mad that you had a hystorectomy. I think your thinking a little overboard here. I'm guessing none of you parents ever thought about not letting your kids have cell phones if your so nazi.


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