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    Teens sentenced for sexting

    Date: 05.13.09 | by Judge Tom.

     

    On May 11, 2009, two Ohio teenagers caught sexting at school were sentenced in juvenile court.

    The 15 and 16-year-olds could have faced felony child pornography charges. Instead they each admitted to a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor offense.

    Photo by eron_gpsfs (Flickr)

    The boy was sentenced to 30-days of house arrest while the girl [who sent the picture of herself] was ordered to write a paper about the dangers of sexting. Both were ordered to give their cell phones to their probation officer for a month, and to complete 100 community service hours. Upon full completion of their sentences, their record will be expunged and have no impact on their adult lives.

    A sexting law is being considered by the Ohio legislature. Find out more about sexting laws in the U.S.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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