Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This is Life: for teens the punishment way exceeds the crime on sexting

Teens indeed have trouble seeing around corners as to how adults apply the law.
Lisa Lang's "This is Life" presented two cases of teenage boys being tried as potential sex offenders.

In one case, in Minnesota, a fourteen year old had texted indecent pictures of himself to a 13-year old girl.  He was charged with producing and distributing child pornography -- of himself. His entire family lost Internet access, and his probationary therapy required passing inadmissible lie detector tests.

In Milwaukee, a 17 year old senior and athlete was prosecuted for "consensual" sex with a seductive 14 year old girl.  The parents called police.  He wound up with two years probation and ten years sex offender registration, and having to report himself a felon for ten years. There was a similar case in Michigan where the defendant said the girl had lied about her age. 

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