Tuesday, April 7, 2009

15 Year Old Girl May Have to Register as Sex Offender for 20 Years

A 15 year old girl from Licking Valley High School may have to register as a sex offender because she sent nude pictures of herself to her classmates. She is being charged with the "illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a second-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony." Her "criminal tool" was obviously her cell phone. The judge can decide if he wants her to register as a Sex Offender for the next 20 years. The teenagers who received the photos be charged as well. The fifteen year old was in jail for a week awaiting her arraignment and bond hearing.
Many teenagers are guilty of this action and the question has been why she is the only one being charged. Some people think that since she is a foster child with no parents and resources for good defense, the prosecuting lawyer can make a good exmaple out of this girl and can earn a name off of this case.
I do not think that a 15 year old girl should b charged or get in trouble for sending pictures of herself to other people her age. Although it may not be right, many teenagers do this. For minors, who have neither harmed nor taken advantage of someone that is not younger than they are, it does not make sense that they may have to register as a sex offender. I also do not think that it should be up to the judge's discretion, whether or not they have to register as a sex offender, especially if the law is not the same for everybody. It also does not make sense that the recipients of these messages have to be charged, especially if they did not ask for the pictures in the first place. A minor that makes such a mindless act and to not know the consequences should not have to suffer for the rest of their lives. We could say that it was the child's fault, if there was a strict law with its actions and punishments defined, and then child knowingly "broke the law."

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