First Sexting Case Goes To U.S. Appeals Court

Three federal judges in Philadelphia have heard the first criminal case of "sexting" to reach a U.S. appeals court -- a dispute over cell-phone images of three teenage girls.

The judges hearing arguments Friday must decide whether the girls can be charged with child pornography.

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the photos harmless -- and argues the girls are victims, if anything.

Defense lawyers say the girls did not distribute the photos, which show two 12-year-olds in training bras and a topless 16-year-old.

Wyoming County prosecutors say the images are dangerous because predators could get them.

They ordered 16 public-school students to attend a "re-education" class or face prosecution. Three families are challenging the order.

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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 16, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    What is the issue here? A 12 year old in a training bra and panties is no different from one in a 2 piece bathing suit. In fact the training bra might cover more. As for the 16 year old, unless you knew she was 16, you probably wouldn't know to see the image. This whole sexting scare is stupid. These girls aren't felons and they aren't perverts, they're just stupid kids. They should be treated as such and not the former. As for adults getting ahold of these images -- as somebody who knows what's on the Internet, more or less, I can tell you there is far worse out there. Someone interested in that stuff won't be looking for cell phone pictures. They would be looking for high-res photos and HD video, and it exists of that kind of material, and there are plenty of good reasons why American lawmakers can't take it down or block access to it. I'm in no way saying I approve; quite the contrary, I hate people who hurt kids with every fiber of my being, but let's face facts.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 16, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    Who ever said parents were smart.

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