Sexting Laws in the United States
The word “sexting”, a combination of “sex” and “texting”, was coined by the media back in 2005. Sexting is the act of sending sexual text and/or nude photos via cell phones and is popular among teens.
In the United States, there are laws against child pornography. These laws were designed to punish whoever tries to produce, possesses, distribute or view child pornography. It is a federal crime and results in very harsh punishments and be registered as a sex offender.
Unfortunately, when it comes to sexting, teens send sexual pictures with each other (with consent) but since they are under 18, the child pornography laws apply and these teens have to face severe punishments for possessing child pornography. Some were forced to register as sex offender which ruined their lives (see a few sexting cases below). Realizing this problem, legislators have been working hard to reduce punishments for sexting related cases.
Current Sexting Laws in the US:
Teens found possessing nude pictures can be registered as a sex offender.
New Reduced Penalties Sexting Laws:
Legislators agree that the current laws are too harsh and have been working to reduce the penalties. If passed, the penalties below will apply to most states.
- First violation: a non-criminal offense.
- Second violation: a misdemeanor.
- Third violation: a felony.
Minors who report to adults when they receive sexually pictures will face no penalties.
Depending on what state you live in, the laws can be very different. Some states are trying to pass laws with punishments as little as $100 fine per sexting case. Please use the links below to view the sexting laws in your state.
A few Sexting Cases Under the Old Sexting Laws:
Phillip Alpert Sexting Case:
Phillip’s problem happened in 2009. He was 18 at the time and had a fight with his 16 years old girlfriend. Not thinking straight at very late night (over 3:00 am), he sent out some sexual pictures of his girlfriend to his girlfriend’s friends. Police came some days later and arrested Phillip => charged him with 72 charges including distributing child pornography. Phillip was forced to register as a sex offender.
In case you wonder what it means to be a sex offender: You can live near kids, parks, bush stops, schools, etc,…
Jesse Logan Sexting Case:
Jesse’s problem happened in 2008, she was 18 at the time. Jesse sent some pictures of herself without cloths on to her boyfriend. The boyfriend forwarded the pics to other school girls when they broke up.
The other girls bullied Jesse calling her slut, whore, etc,… This continued for long and Jesse couldn’t handle the bullying and was very depressed. She was very afraid of going to school and started skipping classes. Jesse eventually hanged herself in her bedroom.
As you can see, while the laws are being worked to reduce the penalties, you should not sext if you are under 18 and when you sext pictures, be very careful because you will never know where your pics will get forwarded once they are sent out.
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