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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What kind of punishment -- if any -- should teens face for emailing nude photos of themselves?

A quick followup from a story we had last week: A Pennsylvania prosecutor will NOT charge three teenage girls with child porn for emailing partly clothed photos of themselves. (He'd wanted them to participate in an afterschool program.) I liked how the ACLU guy put it:

"This country needs to have a discussion about whether prosecuting minors as child pornographers for merely being impulsive and naive is the appropriate way to address the serious consequences that can result" when teens send sexually suggestive photos of themselves and others to one another, he said.

Should they face ANY punishment? I think most people would say child-porn charges are overkill. But I don't think anybody would say this kind of behavior is OK, either.

Hat Tip: Many thanks, MIkeybackwards!

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