New Jersey Bill Would Let Sexting Teens Avoid Child Pornography Charges
Many teens caught up in sexting scandals are charged under existing child pornography laws. But charging a 15-year old with creating and distributing child pornography because she took a topless photo of herself raises some problematic questions about whether or not a child can indeed be guilty of manufacturing child pornography. (And whether or not turning our youth into a generation of registered sex offenders is really such a great idea.) The bill was introduced after a 14-year-old girl was arrested for posting nude photos of herself on MySpace. Although the girl was charged under the state's child pornography laws, she was eventually sentenced to probation and counseling. The law, which enjoys surprisingly bipartisan support, would also require that the attorney general's office create an anti-sexting program.