One-year probation for 15-year-old sexter
A Nebraska high school freshman texted a nude picture of himself to a 13-year-old girl. The girl’s mother found the photo and notified the police.
The boy was charged in juvenile court with distributing obscene material. He admitted sending the text and in May, 2009 was sentenced to 12-months probation. Additional terms included 20 community service hours, counseling and a curfew, no contact with the victim and no cell phone use while on probation.
Do you think this is going too far? Assuming this boy had no previous record, is probation for a year harsh? What would you have done if you were the judge?
Note: Keep in mind that what you read on the Internet or in the newspaper may not be the complete story. Judges oftentimes have more information about the case than what’s reported in the news.
Find out more about the possible consequences for sexting.