Megan's Law Mom Criticizes "Sexting" Charges

The mother of the New Jersey girl whose death inspired Megan's Law is criticizing prosecutors who charge teenagers with child porn for distributing nude photos of themselves.

Maureen Kanka said Thursday that the prosecutors are harming the
children more than helping them.

Her comments came as authorities in Passaic County, N.J., charged a 14-year-old girl with child pornography for posting nude photos of herself on MySpace.com.

If she is convicted, she would have to register with the state as a sex offender under Megan's Law.

The laws generally require governments to alert neighbors of convicted sexual predators in their midst.

Kanka says the girl needs help, not legal trouble.


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  • by Becca Location: New York, New York on Mar 28, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    the fact that "kids are kids" doesn't justify the fact that girls are sending nude pictures of themselves to people. i think this girl should be punished, but she shouldn't be registered as a sex offender; it would ruin her life.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    My comment wasn't posted but I share the other John's point of view.
  • by John Location: Ayden on Mar 27, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    Most of you seem to be missing the point...no one has said that what the young girl did wasn't wrong, only that it should not constitute her having to register as a sex offender. That type of consequence for that type of poor decision made by a young person could truly ruin her life. It's not like she raped anyone or had consenting sex. She posted nude photos of HERSELF on myspace.com....poor judgment - yes; sex offense-worthy - no. I agree with "Please" - as a parent I would be livid, but at the same time I wouldn't want my daughter's life to be ruined by such a harsh punishment.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    Naturally. Another soccer mom who wants to control what you see, say, and do.
  • by read this Location: alot on the site on Mar 26, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    need to read this http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/07/lunsfords-son-gets-10-day-jail-sentence.html
  • by Kids? on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Kids are kids would be maybe rolling a yard, not texting NUDE photos. Letting kids get away with such stuff is not doing them any favors.
  • by Please on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Ok, yes the girl needs help but she needs a lesson and unless a lesson is given, none of them will learn. They are old enough to know better than to send nude pictures. They need to be held accountable and learn now, rather than end up dead later because the pervert they send these to kills them. I have to say the parents need to kick her butt too. If this were my daughter, someone would be calling social services to protect her from the butt whooping she was getting from me for doing such a thing. Step one should have been to take her cell phone and send her to a military boarding school.
  • by Doesn't make sense Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    That doesn't make sense to charge someone as a sex offender for posting nude pics of themselves?? GET A LIFE AND GET TO THE IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE MURDERERS AND RAPIST!!! I hope that this girl doesn't get charged its something she at that age shouldn't do but kids are kids.
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