'Sexting' lands teen on sex offender list

Phillip Alpert found out the hard way. He had just turned 18 when he sent a naked photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend, a photo she had taken and sent him, to dozens of her friends and family after an argument. The high school sweethearts had been dating for almost 2½ years. “It was a stupid thing I did because I was upset and tired and it was the middle of the night and I was an immature kid,” says Alpert.
Orlando, Florida, police didn’t see it that way. Alpert was arrested and charged with sending child pornography, a felony to which he pleaded no contest but was later convicted. He was sentenced to five years probation and required by Florida law to register as a sex offender.
“You will find me on the registered sex offender list next to people who have raped children, molested kids, things like that, because I sent child pornography,” says Alpert in disbelief, explaining, “You think child pornography, you think 6-year-old, 3-year-old little kids who can’t think for themselves, who are taken advantage of. That really wasn’t the case.”

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That is fucking retarded.

“You will find me on the registered sex offender list next to people who have raped children, molested kids, things like that, because I sent child pornography,”

That’s the most ridiculous thing about it really.

Fifteen-year-old Marissa Miller of northeastern Pennsylvania was 12 when she and a friend snapped themselves wearing training bras. “I wasn’t trying to be sexual,” she says, “I was having fun with my friends at a sleepover, taking pictures, dancing to music.” The picture recently surfaced on a student’s cell phone and Marissa’s mom, MaryJo Miller, was contacted by Skumanick. “He told me that he had a full nude photo of my daughter,” says MaryJo Miller, who calls the picture innocent.
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			 			 			 			 			 		 	 	   Rather than force her daughter to take the classes, which would have required she write a report explaining why what she did was wrong, Miller and two other families *-- with the help of the ACLU -- are suing the district attorney to stop him from filing charges. "We believe she was the victim and that she did nothing wrong," says Miller. "How can I ask her to compromise her values and write this essay, when she didn't do anything?"

Although the district attorney maintains the program is voluntary, the letter he sent to parents notes, “Charges will be filed against those who do not participate.” Seventeen of the 20 students caught in the sexting incidents have completed the 14 hours of classes.
Skumanick won’t comment on the Miller case, but says, “You can’t call committing a crime fun or a prank. If you do that, you can rob a bank because you think it’s fun.” In the majority of sexting cases, it’s usually girls sending pictures to boys, who then send them to their friends. Though teens may think it’s funny and a way to flirt or even seek revenge after a breakup, there can be dangerous consequences.

retarded

shouldnt have done that, he should have know better

Have you read the whole article? It’s atrocious. If anything set cellphone laws or something. Prosecuting all these children is retarded and bound to ruin lives.