Alabama Sex Crime News: Teenager Faces Child Pornography Charges for Distributing “Sexting” Images

Posted by Steve Eversole | Nov 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

Everyday we see instances where the law doesn't reflect the capabilities and extent of technology. This appears to be the case in Alabama and other states with frequent instances of young people, teenagers and preteens, being accused of criminal sexual behavior. As a criminal defense lawyer in the Birmingham area, I have defended numerous clients who have been accused of crimes such as drug possession, theft, sexual abuse, and pornography, just to name a few.

The newest use for smart phones (mainly by youngsters) seems to be causing a great deal of trouble. “Sexting,” or sending lewd and sexually explicit photos of oneself to friends via cell phone, has gotten a bunch of kids in trouble with local authorities. One particular case caught my eye and points to a possible flurry of court cases that may occur in the future.

According to news reports, there's an uproar in Wisconsin due to a local 14-year-old boy who is now facing child porn charges. The Milwaukee police say the boy threatened to spread rumors about the girls he targeted if they didn't send him nude and semi-nude pictures — which they did.

Local authorities claim they found 80 images from several girls on the 14-year-old's cell phone. And one nude snapshot of a girl was found on hundreds of phones. To most parents, this will seem horrendous, but is it a crime worthy of child pornography charges?

The girls whose photos have been distributed were aged between 13 and 15 years old when they sent the photos. Investigators have not yet identified all of them.

Milwaukee police claim that the 14-year-old's exchanging of sexually explicit photos with other kids is a simple case of child porn, and not the more common sexting that people are hearing more about. Based on news reports, investigators have also seized computers belonging to a group believed to have begun the forwarding.

While one can wonder what drove this 14-year-old to do what he did, the real question is whether or not it was innocent curiosity or truly a criminal act. The problem is that the police are attempting to apply a law that never envisioned this kind of behavior, not to mention the technology that makes it all possible.

Whether this becomes a serious case for that 14-year-old in Wisconsin has yet to be determined. But one thing is for certain, parents must keep a close and eye on their kids as possible. Talk to them and find out as much as you can about their friends and what they do with their free time. Even when we try our best as parents, kids don't always act responsibly and they do get into trouble.

My job as a criminal defense attorney is to defend those accused of serious crimes. Occasionally, a youngster will get caught up in an adult's world and run afoul of the law. That's when I recommend retaining the services of a qualified attorney to help you and your child avoid a life-changing criminal conviction.

14-year-old faces kiddie porn charges for sexting nude photos of classmates, Examiner.com, October 15

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