March 29, 2010

Teen sexting resources

"Sexting" is a hot topic these days, especially in the wake of this month's U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Miller v. Mitchell that it is unconstitutional to prosecute teens for child pornography solely based on their cell phone photos. The highly publicized Pennsylvania case illustrated the unintended consequences of current sex offender hysteria. The district attorney's office in Wyoming County had threatened to prosecute a teenage girl on felony child pornography charges unless she underwent mandatory reeducation. An appellate court barred the prosecutor from retaliating against young Ms. Doe for invoking her constitutional right not to attend the education program.

Related resources:
  • A TV news video of forensic psychology students speaking about teen sexting at a state government hearing in Connecticut