This is the second time in 5 weeks (see newest article below) that Virginia
juveniles who created and distributed sexual images under no threat, force or
intimidation are facing possible felony charges for child pornography that carry a lifetime public label as Violent Sex Offender.
As I wrote back onFebruary 6, 2014the Virginia Legislators had a bill THIS session proposing
changes so that minors who “sext” would NOT be arbitrarily swept up by our
child porn statutes but the elected officials decided to “kill” in it’s first
step instead of working on it.
Juveniles across the Commonwealth take, send and receive sexual
images of friends, classmates and teammates daily, it’s what teens do today,
unfortunately. But it should not be a criminal offense with a mandatory minimum
prison term and a lifetime as a registered sex offender. Such a fate is
not productive for the state or for the juvenile and neither is the looming
threat of prosecution while the Commonwealth Attorney mulls over filing charges
or not filing charges for this behavior. While they wait to learn their fate one of them might give up waiting in fear like Christian Adamek of Alabama did in October 2013.
Obviously the Virginia Legislators don’t take this issue
seriously and until one of their own children takes, sends or receives a “sext”
from an acquaintance they will continue to refuse to seriously discuss this
issue during session.
I also posted about Virginian
teens facing felony child porn charges back onNovember 27, 2013.
This is NOT a new issue and it is NOT going to fade away if we ignore it.
Chesterfield youth could face
child porn charges for ‘sexting’, March 14, 2014
Police say two youngsters were caught sending each other naughty pictures of
law, they can be charged with distributing child pornography.
you take a photograph of yourself and you are under 18 and you distribute
that," said NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin. "You are
distributing child pornography. The law makes no exception for that."
decision could leave your child labeled a sex offender.