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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.
christopher papazoglow February 27, 2014 at 09:04 PM
"Every text message"......is not what i said, now is it? PHOTOS reviewed either before or after they're sent. UNLESS the parent disbles the pre- approval or "photo sent" alert feature. Probably lead to greater understanding and better communication between minors and their parents/guardians, being able to see what they're ACTUALLY doing. And improve the quality of how minors are using the data plans that they're likely not paying for themselves. Not to mention the initial POINT, which is to help prevent against underage porn and the criminalizing of youth. Putting parenting in the hands of the parents rather than the criminal "justice" system and/or other so-called "professionals" 'dealing with' them after the fact.
usmcboi February 27, 2014 at 09:14 PM
yes let show those kids lesson and make everyone else feel it. i mean listen your yourselves.
Kay Gouldner February 28, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Christopher, have you seen how many PHOTOS these kids send back and forth via snap chat? Let's be realistic here. Do you honestly think that if there's these so called "safety guards" in place via text messaging that there won't be an app out shortly after that circumvents this whole process you're proposing?
christopher papazoglow February 28, 2014 at 01:20 AM
To your first question, Kay, yeah i have. And i can tell you that the quality of, and responsibility re: quantity of, photosharing on my niece's phone have greatly improved since her mother started monitoring her data usage more closely. To your second question, yeah, that'd be something to look for on the phone/device that your child is using, huh? Or is monitoring how that child is using the device too much of an inconvenience nowadays, better to just wait and see whether the cops come knocking on the door, or come home to find out you've been burglarized because your kid's been Instagramming the whole time since you all left to go out to dinner?
blackoutmetal666 February 28, 2014 at 01:29 AM
Yes they should and we should have the NSA monitor it not. This country is going to crap thanks to soccer moms and government.
christopher papazoglow February 28, 2014 at 01:36 AM
That is to say, Instagramming the "Hey, look everybody! There's nobody home at our place for a while!" message contained within those photos.....
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 01:41 AM
exactly
Old Pizza February 28, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Once the photo is out there, it's out there for eternity. And someday, somewhere, it'll come back to haunt the person. It's not a simple, innocent teenage 'thing".
Jessica February 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I agree it should be against the law, if only to give some teeth to the argument to the kids that it's wrong. The idea that the pics get passed around is not enough of a deterrent to them oddly enough.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM
take the internet, they will pass notes daughters are gonna get the preg sooner or later and thats it.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM
your mom is doing it, your moms mom did it as hers before.
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM
prob since the beginning of whore time so what is the shock?
blackoutmetal666 February 28, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Like I said lets have the NSA actually do something important for society and have them spy on children's phones to see if they are sexting. Be careful what you wish for Soccer mom's because that's what could happen.
Wayne Boucher III February 28, 2014 at 02:12 PM
considering all the news across the country about police brutality, police misconduct, and "policing for profit" aka "Civil Asset Forfeiture" cops need to stay out of it, and the parents need to START parenting. when I was growing up, we didnt have cell phones, we had HOMEWORK!, and if the homework is done, clean the dishes, take out the garbage. I saw my first nakid girl when I was 11 years old, cause I saw a playboy! and you know what, my parents GOT OVER IT!
usmcboi February 28, 2014 at 02:16 PM
only after homework is done can you twerk, no homework no twerk. or Jerk depending on gender.
Luke Bolster March 01, 2014 at 07:35 AM
It is really sad that the school must get involved. The school here is acting just like our current government. Sticking it's nose where it doesn't belong. The young men in this case are the victims... Being interrogated with no counsel or parental guidance... Really? The problem is the way these young women have been raised. The fact that they think sending out indecent photos is okay is horrible.. I think it's absolutely pathetic this story is making headlines when there is more important things going on currently. Wake up people!!!!!
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:01 PM
like the communist take over of the world perhaps?
Luke Bolster March 01, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Yes sir...
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:11 PM
i mean who cares if a teen gets pumped gonna need more bodies anyways maybe the parents will teach them what it used to be like precommunist days.
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:22 PM
dont be ridiculous lol
usmcboi March 01, 2014 at 06:23 PM
remember in the 80s how cute it was to have a russian in america.
Kay Gouldner March 02, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Christopher, do you want to know the great thing about being a parent? I do monitor what is being sent on their phones. I'm involved in their lives and I know what they're doing. How? Because I'm shoved so far up their behinds that they have no choice but to share with me what's going on. Plus it helps that I'm a computer geek. I can install a key logger on their computers at a moment's notice and they wouldn't have any clue. It's called being a parent. And I'll tell you this, I don't need the government or a law in place to give me any weight on this either. I'm law in this house. That's all they need to know. If parents want to keep an eye on their children, learn about the technology they are using! Don't hand them something extremely powerful and then use it as a babysitter and not even understand what you're handing them. Sheesh. Parenting. Don't sign up for it if you can't do the job.
John Santaella March 03, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Amen Sister Kay.
blackoutmetal666 March 03, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Wow Kay Gardner I'm guessing you are Mormon. You spy on your 20 year olds phone. You are no better then the NSA.
christopher papazoglow March 03, 2014 at 01:02 AM
Oh, okay, Kay, i guess the CONTEXT of my argument escaped you ( go back to my first comment ). Which is, rather than the STATE spending their time legislating for coming up with another way to saddle people with criminal records ( potentially including a) your kids, and b) them having to thenceforth register as sex offenders ) they could better spend their time on legislation which furthers their parents' ability to know what's going on with their lives, so that the PARENTS, rather than the STATE, are the deciders on how to hanrdle the content that these kids send. My argument had nothing to do with how YOU are as a parent, so stop taking it so personally. Rather, it has to do with with government using their power to create DISabling rather than ENabling laws.
Lainee Richards March 13, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Wooo Kay! You can install a keylogger. Congrats. Cut the fucking umbilical cord.
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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