There was a bill at the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session (still going on) to fix the issues with Teen Sexting images being treated the same a Child Pornography. HB1260
No surprise. A bill I supported, that would have a fixed a long time issue was killed as quickly as possible by the House Criminal Sub-Committee, history tends to repeat itself in House Room C.
A week ago, in
Charles City County
a 16 Year old
female posted nude photos of herself on Twitter and emailed the images to male
Per the below two article she has been charged with Production and Distribution of Child Pornography. As a juvenile if she is found guilty of this felony she will NOT be forced to register as a Sex Offender IF she follows all court-order requirements of probation.
The issue of the males she sent those unsolicited images to is still undetermined. Will they be charged with receiving the images that by law constitute Child Pornography? Are they also juveniles or did they recently turn 18 years old? IF they did then they will be required to register as Sex Offenders, for life.
A 16 year old female took photos of herself under no threat, suggestion or financial requirement. She then sent those images out into the universe to unsuspecting young men who may face criminal charges, public humiliation and maybe the public stigma of Sexual Deviant.
Because Virginia’s Legislature refuses to separate real child pornography and the criminal penalties that come with such vial abuse of children and the actions of teenagers who have Internet access, telephones with cameras and typical hormones and feelings of being accepted by ones peers.
The two situations have nothing to do with each other but under our laws they are one in the same.
The “tabling” of HB1260 on January 29 is shameful. Elected
NO vote, submitted NO substitutes or even ONE amendment. Just the same old denial
and stubbornness that has been allowed for far too long. Virginia
If any readers Delegate is on the Criminal Sub-Committee and you can not believe they didn’t even attempt to draft an acceptable bill but instead just shot it down I suggest you contact their Richmond office this week.
Virginia Teen Girl Accused Of Posting Nude Selfies, Arrested For Child Porn by David Lohr
girl is facing child pornography charges, after police say she posted photos of
herself naked on Twitter. Virginia
Authorities received an anonymous tip describing the photos, which were posted to Twitter around Jan. 30. The girl, a student in
, admitted to
posting "multiple" lewd photos of herself to the social networking
website last week, according to police. James City