Do you know who your representatives are? If not, look them up Virginia Delegates and Senators.
Being an RSO is like being on lifetime Probation except the “rules of the game” change yearly. When you are on Probation you are given a written list of the rules and you must sign that you understand them all. Then if you break a rule of Probation you face the legal consequences.
But for RSO’s no one tells you the rules, many people in authority don’t even know them because they change so frequently, but yet if an RSO breaks “a rule” which is actually a law they face a new Felony even if their original conviction that put them on the Registry might have been a misdemeanor.
Registry laws (restrictions and regulations) are generally based on the… “What if’s”, almost a crystal ball approach to lawmaking. So how are the RSO’s supposed to know what the lawmakers have recently legislated as a “no-no”?
Every year there has been a bill the VSP Legislative Liaison has lobbied hard against it and they’ve been successful.
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- They did not state “create” or “produce” anywhere so I’m not sure if the teen who takes the images could still face felony charges. If that is in fact the case, the word “produce” needs to be added.
- The 18 and 19 year old boyfriends and girlfriend who receive the “sext” from the minor would still face felony child pornography charges. Even if they received it when they were 17 years old and still have it on their phone today as an 18 or 19 year old. Something needs to be added to exclude age appropriate relationships from being caught up in the courts. An age gap allowance of 3 or 4 years so they would face a misdemeanor instead of a felony.