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Friday, July 25, 2014

Rachel Weiner: Manassas Case Rekindles Debate Over Penalties for ‘Sexting’


The below article is follow up to these previous posts
·         July 17, 2014
·         July 11, 2014
·         July 9, 2014
·         July 4th   

Now, we know the ACLU-VA does NOT support adding the word “sexting” to VA Code, even to make it a misdemeanor. Without adjusting the VA Code more Virginia teenagers who “sext” will face felony prosecution of child pornography which carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. 

It’s very disappointing to learn the only concrete fix to this problem (amending VA Code) is opposed by our ACLU. 

Mary Davye Devoy 

Manassas case rekindles debate over penalties for ‘sexting’ July 25, 2014
By Rachel Weiner

The recent efforts of Manassas police and Prince William County prosecutors to photograph the erect genitalia of a 17-year-old boy for evidence in a “sexting” case has revived a debate in Virginia over whether such conduct between minors should be illegal at all.