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May 12, 2009

"Ohio judge sentences 2 teens for sexting"

The title of this post is the headline of this local article reporting the latest sexting sentencing news.  Here are the particulars:

Two Ohio teenagers caught sending or possessing nude photos on their cell phones have been ordered to surrender their phones, perform 100 hours of community service and receive counseling.   A Warren County Juvenile Court judge on Monday also sentenced one of the teens — a 15-year-old boy — to 30 days of house arrest.  The other teen, a 15-year-old girl, must write a paper detailing the dangers of "sexting."

I discovered that the local county prosecutor involved in this case issued this press release yesterday concerning these sentences.  Here are sections of the release, which provides more legal background and a notable quote:

The two Mason teens charged with sending and possessing nude photos on their cell phones, an act known as “sexting,” were sentenced today in Warren County Juvenile Court. The teens admitted to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanors of the first degree....

“This is a just and adequate punishment,” Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said. “It sends a message to the teens of Warren County that this is not a joke, this is a serious issue that can have long lasting consequences. At the same time if these teens comply with the terms of their sentence their records will be expunged and this will have no legal impact on their adult lives. We are pleased with the standard that the judge set,” Hutzel added.

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Why does the male juvenile get 30 days house arrest, while the female juveline gets a writting assignment?

Also, it seems odd that a minor can be guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Posted by: DEJ | May 12, 2009 4:27:01 PM

Maybe it was the male's idea perhaps, or he was more culpaple in some other regard?

Posted by: anon | May 12, 2009 5:16:24 PM

What delinquent act did the sexting induce and in whom? Specifically, what physical, financial, or psychological harm took place?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 12, 2009 7:15:16 PM

I can't wait to find out what "the dangers of sexting" might be.

Posted by: anon | May 12, 2009 7:37:52 PM

it isnt a joke, still, you have to wonder whether, in some of these cases, prosecutorial resources are being used effectively

Posted by: federalist | May 13, 2009 11:12:52 AM

I do hope that this continued abuse of power will eventually lead to a saner criminal justice system. Haven't we gone about as far as we can go. I am yearning for the back lash.

Posted by: beth | May 13, 2009 12:21:54 PM

I think everyone is sick and tired of the lawyer oppression.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 15, 2009 11:28:40 PM

i think that is just crap for one thing it sould not be put out there and for one thing its there body. it just going to come down to it were you can have pics of your kids in the tube and it has happen before to some people it makes me mad that the more things we do like this the more rights we give away and no one is fighting for any ones rights and so it will be are were that every message we send will be monitored before sent.

Posted by: anthony | Feb 17, 2010 1:13:51 PM

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