Had he lived in the state of Washington, been under 18 — and, of course, been a real person — Adam might have been branded a sex bdsm texting. This much should be obvious: Selfies taken by minors are not child pornography.
When he was 17, E. The woman reported the incident to police, and the prosecutor chose to charge E.
He was convicted and required to register as a sex offender after the trial court rejected a nerdy chat to dismiss for insufficient evidence. No crime is being committed when a teen photographs himself of his own volition.
Nudity alone is not criminalized, even among minors. What E.
The average teen now sends approximately 60 text messages every day. Criminal justice officials are beginning to recognize that child pornography laws are not meant to address teen sexting. The president of the National District Attorneys Association has publicly urged prosecutors to use their discretion to avoid criminal womej in many such cases.
Courts are also finding that sexting should not be handled through child pornography prosecutions. And sxy states — but not Washington — have enacted new laws that provide a range of charging and sentencing alternatives to prosecutors that avoid the sledgehammer impact of a felony child pornography charge and conviction in sexting cases.