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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Total Virginia Juveniles Arrested from 2001 to 2013 for Pornography

 
This post is a follow-up to the earlier October 8 post about the upcoming VSCC meeting that includes Sexting.

How many investigations of Teen Sexting are there every year in Virginia? How many lead to an arrest? How many petitions, adjudications and convictions occur? How many are malicious and how many are non-malicious? It turns out these numbers don’t exist and the VSCC staff will not be presenting any numbers at the meeting on the 21st (I already made an inquiry). 

The only numbers I can find are the arrests of juveniles in Virginia for pornography by age and there is no way to know what percentages of them are for Sexting.  

So, have these numbers decreased, increased or stayed the same since the last 2009 VSCC Sexting study?  
 
Virginia Juvenile Arrests for Pornography:                     

 
Under 10 years old
10-12 years old
13-14 years old
15 years old
16 years old
17 years old
Total
2001*
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
2002*
0
0
1
2
2
0
5
2003*
0
0
3
0
0
1
4
2004*
0
0
4
3
2
2
11
2005*
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
2006*
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
2007*
0
1
1
1
0
1
4
2008*
0
0
3
6
3
1
13

In the Summer & Autumn of 2009 the Virginia State Crime Commission met to study Teen Sexting and Charging Them under Virginia Child Pornography Statutes.  
 
2009*
0
2
16
1
4
1
24
2010*
0
3
12
12
4
7
38
2011*
0
3
19
5
6
10
43
2012*
0
2
7
2
11
6
28
2013*
0
1
13
7
6
10
37

             * Source of Numbers, Virginia State Police Annual Virginia Crime Reports

The total number of minors in Virginia being arrested for pornography has increased expeditiously and the 10-12 year old range is no longer zero. 

The status quo is not working as we all learned this summer with the Manassas case. Plus you can clearly see the number of younger children being arrested in Virginia is increasing. 

It’s time for Virginia to separate Teen-to-Teen Sexting from Child Pornography Production, Distribution and Possession and that should include the 18 and 19 year olds who are in age-appropriate relationships with 16 and 17 year olds who do not force, threaten, intimidate or extort the younger participant. They pose no threat to society! 

Mary