Yikes! Sexting may
sound harmless but it is far from it!
Sexting can land the sender in prison for a felony and can
cause that person to have to register as a sex offender for the rest
of his or her natural life! This is no
laughing matter and the powers-that-be (i.e. police and prosecutors) take
sexting very, very seriously.
exactly, is sexting? Well, according to Wikipedia, “Sexting is
the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between
Sexting is made a crime by Penal Code Section
288.2 which basically says that it’s a crime to send a message to a minor
if the message is intended to arouse or seduce the minor. This crime applies even if the sender is himself or herself a minor and that minor can be prosecuted!
are the consequences? Well, for starters
up to three years in prison. Then,
pursuant to California
Penal Code Section 290, someone convicted of Penal Code Section 288.2 shall
be required to register as a sex offender.
Recent Arrests of Alleged Sexting Violators
ABC News: A Stockton student was arrested on suspicion of "sexting" - sending
inappropriate sexual material via text – to a minor, according to a
school district spokesperson.
The arrested teen was identified as Austin Butler, 18. "Apparently the evidence suggested that the texting back and forth had been sufficient to establish a pattern," said Lee.
CBS News: An accused serial sexter" is behind bars for allegedly harassing hundreds of women with offensive text messages.
Police say there are victims across California and at least two other states.
Steven Sharp, 30, was arrested at his home in Hayward, California after the Ione Police Department conducted a sting operation. A
police officer apparently posed as a 13-year-old girl, and in one week,
Sharp allegedly made 100 phone calls and sent 2,000 text messages to
Read about the real life dangers of sexting In Sexting and the Law (Part Two), coming soon.
If You, Or Someone You Know, Was Arrested for Sexting
Call For Your Free Consultation
Please Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger
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