Sex pic exchange
To make matters worse, prosecutors in this state and elsewhere actually have been enforcing these draconian laws against sexting teenagers.
In Florida, a 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend were both convicted under child pornography laws after taking intimate nude photos of themselves.
For minors, unfortunately, sexting is an entirely different matter.
Child pornography laws, originally designed to protect children from adult predators, criminalize both consensual and non-consensual sexting where the person in the photo is under 18. One cannot understate the severity of these penalties when applied to the very minors the law was intended to protect from exploitation.
Unfortunately, this means that, unless the Legislature amends the statute, any minor involved in sexting continues to be at risk of felony charges.
However, as the ACLU has explained in a letter to prosecutors in Washington, prosecutors can and should exercise their discretion to avoid treating teen sexting incidents the same as adult exploitation of children.
Further, current law penalizes harassment in underage sexting cases just as harshly as the perpetrator.
Far too common is the case where jilted former lovers have sent nude pictures of their exes after a bad break-up to classmates, friends, coworkers, and relatives.Consensual sexting should not be a crime for teens or adults.The frightening reality, however, is that our current child pornography laws coupled with modern technology have the potential to create a sex offender registry populated with the children it was intended to protect and a generation of teenagers who will reach the age of majority already convicted as child sex offenders._____Updated June 2017 Sexting is a new twist on the timeless desire of teens and adults to engage in sexual expression.Sexting involves the practice of creating, sending and/or posting sexually suggestive images or video via mobile phone, email, or over the Internet. More than one in three young adults between the age of 18-24 have sexted, and one in four teenagers have done the same. Despite widespread and oftentimes breathless media coverage of teenage sexting stories, it is hardly confined to the under-30 crowd.