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Friday, June 3, 2016

Action Item: It’s Time for Virginia to Stop Arresting and Prosecuting Consensual Teen “Sexters” as Child Pornographers Under the Threat of Incarceration and a Lifetime as a Violent Sex Offender…… Virginia Law MUST be Amended


There have been many, many examples of young lives being threatened with felonies, incarceration, lengthy probation and life on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender as a Violent Offender for "Sexting" in the news over the last 10 years. 

One of the most notable cases has turned into a civil case recently:
·     Teen in Va. 'sexting' case sues prosecutor, detective for civil rights violations, May 29, 2016 http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_71af5148-0733-5a6f-936d-f8cb189741c6.html
Back in the Summer & Autumn of 2009 the Virginia State Crime Commission met to study Teen Sexting and charging them under Virginia Child Pornography Statutes, no recommendations were made by the Commission.
·       Crime Panel Refuses to Call for Measure to Curb Sexting, December 16, 2009   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/16/crime-panel-refuses-to-call-for-measure-to-curb-se/print/ 

Then again in the Summer & Autumn of 2014 the Virginia State Crime Commission met to study Teen Sexting and charging them under Virginia Child Pornography Statutes, and again no recommendations were made by the Commission.
·       Va. crime panel backs cigarette retailer licensing, December 2, 2014 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/2/searches-cigarettes-sexting-top-panels-agenda/

2015 Virginia Crime Report by Virginia State Police is Now Available, Sex Crimes were Up but They Were 1.08% of the Total


The Virginia State Police have posted the latest Crime Report, 2015. There is a break down of sex crime from 2015-2011 below. 

Last 5 Years of Sex Crimes at-a-Glance:
  • 2015 -   Group A Offense  441,355 crimes of those 4,787 were forcible sex offenses, that’s  1.08%
  • 2014 -   Group A Offense 444,022 crimes of those 4,668 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 1.05%
  • 2013 -   Group A Offense 456,160 crimes of those  4,590 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 1.00%
  • 2012 -   Group A Offense 472,836 crimes of those  4,771 were forcible sex offenses, that’s   1.11%
  • 2011 -    Group A Offense 479,582 crimes of those  4,768 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 0.99% 
Less than 1.15% of violent crime in Virginia is Sexual, but 11 of the last 12 years “Sex Offender Bills  have been in the Top 3 Bill submissions by Virginia Legislators.