Monday, November 09, 2015

States grapple with extreme legal consequences in sexting cases, with laws written before smart phones

A recent "scandal" in Canon City CO is refocusing attention on how child pornography laws are interpreted, according to a story on the Wall Street Journal by Scott Calvert, link here. .Although a local district attorney is trying to avoid major prosecutions and the possibility of sex offender registration, the law, taken literally and written before smart phones, make the issue legally very dangerous, he says. Such extreme consequences have occurred recently in North Carolina and Tennessee.  Others say serious charges are warranted if coercion is involved, or images are circulated behind a (usually female) subject's back, constituting bullying.

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