'Sexting' Teens May Face Child Porn Charges

A recent article, 'Sexting' Teens May Face Child Porn Charges, posted on ABC New's website, has attracted a great deal of attention and comments.

Authorities are considering charging six eigth grade students who possessed a partially nude picture of a fellow student on their cell phone.

The article continues to state that authorities want to send a strong message to students who are texting nude pictures to one another on cell phones. The practice of Sexting is become more prevalent and it can have serious legal consequences.

Current laws make possession of child pornography a crime. In Massachusetts possession of child pornography is a felony even though in this case the girl took the picture of herself and sent it to friends. If convicted, these students may spend time in prison and they will be required to register as sex offenders for years.

Most of the comments posted on ABC New's website expressed surprise, anger and dismay that authorities were considering prosecuting the students for possession of child pornography.

This law needs to be rewritten. The law the way it is currently written makes it easy to label someone, like these students, as a sex offender. Is this appropriate? I think not.

What do you think?

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