If all parties involved were 18 or over, however, there is no crime whatsoever.Further, current law penalizes harassment in underage sexting cases just as harshly as the perpetrator.However, as the ACLU has explained in a letter to prosecutors in Washington, prosecutors can and should exercise their discretion to avoid treating teen sexting incidents the same as adult exploitation of children._____Updated June 2017 Sexting is a new twist on the timeless desire of teens and adults to engage in sexual expression.It is similar to dating app Tinder in that it allows people to connect with others based on their location, with users 'swiping' to accept or decline talking to someone based on their profile picture.
For now, these cases are happening around the country, and kids really are being convicted of felonies and registered as sex offenders for taking intimate pictures of themselves. While we don’t have to acquiesce to such behavior, criminal penalties are not the solution.Sexting involves the practice of creating, sending and/or posting sexually suggestive images or video via mobile phone, email, or over the Internet. More than one in three young adults between the age of 18-24 have sexted, and one in four teenagers have done the same. Despite widespread and oftentimes breathless media coverage of teenage sexting stories, it is hardly confined to the under-30 crowd.The AARP Monthly magazine recently updated , advising tech-competent seniors to try sexting as a way to spice up the over-50 love life--complete with a “Sexting 101” section. Most sexting is, by itself, consensual, and intended to be innocuous.Take, for example, the scenario where a minor sends a nude picture to his or her partner and the partner later forwards the image to friends and classmates after the couple breaks up.The second sender is clearly the bad actor, but the law treats everyone involved the same, and both can be convicted of a felony.In fact, the friends and classmates who received the picture can be convicted of felonies, too, even if they never asked for the picture to be sent to them.