As more minors are being prosecuted as adults and being branded sex offenders for life, Vermont is among the first to consider legislation to separate what teens do among themselves from adult crimes.“It’s extremely important for America to understand is what we’re talking about are children here,” Campbell said. If a 14-year-old girl decides to send a picture of her breasts to her boyfriend who’s 15, she has just become a transmitter of child pornography and he is in possession of child pornography."It was a stupid thing I did because I was upset and tired and it was the middle of the night and I was an immature kid," says Alpert. Alpert was arrested and charged with sending child pornography, a felony to which he pleaded no contest but was later convicted.He was sentenced to five years probation and required by Florida law to register as a sex offender.Cindy Rose, consumer director of Vodafone UK, which conducted the study, said: “The digital world is often painted as a picture of doom and gloom but this research tells us quite a different story." She claimed mobile media is "strengthening family bonds" even though young people could be losing the art of conversation as they prefer to talk to each other virtually.
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And as such, they are now on the lifetime sex-offender registry.” The impact of that designation is devastating, he said.
“We have a child now who, as a registered sex offender, if they’re fortunate enough to get into college and they want to, say, go into a teaching profession, do you think they’re going to be hired as a teacher when they’ve been charged with possession of child pornography? Prosecutors around the country have tried various approaches against teenagers who used cell phones, e-mail or social networking Web sites to transmit naughty pictures of themselves.
"You will find me on the registered sex offender list next to people who have raped children, molested kids, things like that, because I sent child pornography," says Alpert in disbelief, explaining, "You think child pornography, you think 6-year-old, 3-year-old little kids who can't think for themselves, who are taken advantage of.
That really wasn't the case." Alpert's attorney Larry Walters agrees and he's fighting to get Alpert removed from Florida's sex offender registry. "Sexting is treated as child pornography in almost every state and it catches teens completely offguard because this is a fairly natural and normal thing for them to do.