For example, child sex offenders 17 and older cannot be present on school grounds or loiter or reside within 500 feet of the school building. See Kara Rowland, , WKYC-TV (Apr 13, 2009), online at /print.aspx?
The following example places the foregoing offenses in perspective: a 16-year-old girl who snaps a sexual, semi-nude picture of herself to send as a phone message to her boyfriend has committed at least three felonies by creating, disseminating, and possessing "child pornography." If her boyfriend requested she send the sext message, he is subject to at least two felonies: soliciting and voluntarily possessing the sext message.
Sexting is a recent phenomenon, fueled by widespread availability of affordable mobile phones with picture-taking and sending capabilities.Although just over two-thirds of those teens meant those images for their boyfriend or girlfriend, 25 percent of teen girls and 33 percent of teen boys admit they have had sext messages meant for someone else shared with them.For example, Vermont recently enacted a law making a teenager's first "sexting" offense a juvenile court matter, giving the teen the opportunity to be sent to a diversionary program rather than be charged as an adult and branded a sex offender. which would transform most sexting between teens from a felony to a noncrime by treating the teen in question as a nondelinquent minor in need of supervision under the Juvenile Court Act. Thus, one unwise youthful indiscretion results in five felonies and subjects the teenage couple to branding as "sex offenders." A legislative response.
Some states have attempted to decriminalize sexting among teens, or at least reduce the offense from felony to misdemeanor. Enacting this bill or one like it into law would be a huge step in the right direction. Cell phones have become ubiquitous among students, but the law has been slow to catch up. Illinois legislators should continue to examine incidents of sexting and how the current law applies to them. Adults risk embarrassment if their sext message is misdirected.But when a teenager (meaning a minor between 13 and 17) creates, sends, or receives a sext message in Illinois, he or she may have committed the criminal offense of child pornog raphy.has sent sexually suggestive, nude or semi-nude "sext" messages by phone or otherwise.