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VA: ‘Sexting’ teens could avoid felony charges under bill that clears Virginia Senate

[roanoke.com]

RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill intended to keep teenagers who willingly share sexually explicit images with each other from being branded felony sex offenders.

The measure, which passed on a bipartisan 35-to-5 vote, would give prosecutors the option to charge “sexting” among minors as a misdemeanor.

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  1. R M

    Interesting, the article doesn’t distinguish between minors sexting pictures of themselves or pictures of others. Even more interesting is that, once again, a minor can be help liable for committing an offense but not for consenting to an offense in a different situation. At least some of Virginia legislators are trying to have some sense in that this issue should be the responsibility of parents.

  2. Dustin

    “A less-serious, Class 2 misdemeanor charge would apply if the minor possesses no more than 10 images, and if he or she obtained them with the permission of the subject. That charge carries a maximum six-month sentence and a fine of $1,000. A first offender would be eligible for six months’ probation and 50 hours of community service.”

    I thought teenagers were too stupid to determine sex matter for themselves. So they can consent to allow a nude photo of themselves to be taken and distributed, but not to have sex?

  3. David

    Nope, R M, I disagree. They should be charged with felony child pronography production and distribution – just like anyone else would be. It’s only by grossly swelling the ranks of these unconstitutional Registries with people’s children, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters, that the public will finally start paying attention to what the Hell is going on! Look, if John Q Public wants to get the scary dangerous child pronography producers off of the streets and out of society, then let’s give them exactly what they want. When more and more families begin to suffer the shame of having a child labeled a “sex offender”, when more and more parents go bankrupt to pay for criminal defense attorneys for their children, then people will start waking up!

    • R M

      @David “When more and more families begin to suffer….”, when’s enough? USA has what 323 plus million. Do you really want teens in prison? I don’t wish it on anyone. First offense, I think LE should point it out to the parents and then if it occurs again, put both child and parents away. I’m not sure of my feelings on sending a pic of ones self to a willing recipient though. If some sense comes from the law, maybe, just maybe, others will see that sense too.

      • Tim Moore

        You’re right RM. How many families had to be murdered before people ended the halocaust? Well they didn’t. There was no one left to fight. That came from liberators from outside the country, and they really didn’t come because of the death camps.
        Also, once your a convicted felon, you become nearly powerless, you and your family enter as members of the class of the lowest of the lowest. The registrant is the lowest of the lowest of the lowest. We’re the untouchables. Where is our Gandhi, who will starve for our rights? If none is willing to starve for your rights, none think your rights have any value.

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