In this episode Attorney Chuck Franklin explains to parents the issues of sexting and gives specific examples explaining how sexting can ruin your child’s life forever. Sexting cases almost always require a prison sentence! Even if both parties are under the legal age of consent.
This video segment is directed towards parents and parents of kids who have cell phones capable of taking pictures, and sending these pictures back and forth. Five years ago I would have never thought about this topic, but it has become a very relevant issue with teenagers, junior high school kids, maybe even younger. Our children have these new smart phones, just like my iPhone and your android. Sometimes Kids end up exchanging pictures, typically a female to a male or vice versa.
Believe it or not this has become a criminal issue, and is now a felony. For example, if you have a 17 year old boy and a 15 year old girl and they are exchanging “cheesecake” pictures they both may be charged with a sex crime, although, it is typically the male that ends up getting charged and the female becomes the victim but, this is not always the case.
I refer to this as “sexting”, but it is illegal in this state, regardless if the female has done it by her own will, there is only a two year age difference, or they are both minors. Any 15-17 year old that executes a felony can be held liable in juvenile court or be transferred into an adult system. Ultimately they can end up as a registered sex offender for the rest of their life, or be placed under the supervision of the juvenile or adult probation department. They are also given sex offender terms, which quite honestly will ruin a human being’s life forever. For example, you cannot be within 100 yards of a School, kids, or live in places that children are living.
You must stress to your children that this is the type of behavior they cannot be involved with, or you will take their phone away, because they do prosecute in this county as well as other counties in Arizona for the exchange of nude photos between juveniles. Again, it is typically the male who gets in trouble and the female becomes the victim. However, this is not always the case. If you are my age or a bit younger these are the issues that we never had because we could not exchange pictures within seconds.
I have had quite a few of these cases as of late, and when these cell phones are confiscated by investigators with a search warrant many other things are found on these phones, which may lead to more problems, and in some cases, you are looking at mandatory prison. Your child can receive years, not just one year or two. Once they get out they will have have sex offender terms until the day they die. Ultimately it ruins your child’s life and yours as well. You must police your children who use these phones and tell them that they can end up in prison, living a life that they cannot begin to imagine. Again, it’s a big deal now, a huge deal. So please, warn your kids that this type of behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.
If you or someone you know is currently being prosecuted for a sex crime and need(s) legal representation, do not hesitate to contact attorney Chuck Franklin at (480) 545-0700.