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When is sexting an offense?

In today's digital world, everything is documented. Therefore nothing goes unnoticed and this includes sexual communication. There have been many instances of people being convicted of having sexual communication with minors, and this is a very serious offense. Law enforcement officers can equate text messages and link them with real life events in order to find out the behaviors of those in suspicion.

What are the consequences of sexual communication with minors?

Having sexual communication with a minor is considered sexual abuse and has major consequences. This includes verbal communication as well as the sharing of images and persuading or coercing a minor into sharing images.

In 2012 a man was convicted of the sexual abuse of a child through sexting and is now serving a 30 year prison sentence. He was convicted of 45 different child sexual abuse charges including the corruption of minors, the sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor and involuntary deviant sexual intercourse.

Having digital or virtual sexual communication with a minor is the same under the law as any other type of communication. It is also much easier to trace and be used as evidence in court. It is important to know that age of the person you are speaking with online or via text to avoid unintentionally engaging in crime.

Sexting or any other type of virtual chatting with a minor has serious consequences, whether it was intentional or not. If you are concerned about a charge you have against you, it's important to research how the law applies to your situation.

Source: Findlaw, "Sexting With a Minor Is a Major Offense," accessed Dec. 08, 2017

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