Not many parents and teens realize it. But when a teenager uses his or phone to exchange nude pictures of themselves, it could be treated as a sex crime in Colorado and a teenager may even have to register as a sex offender. According to this news report, when it comes to the issue of sexting, technology has outpaced the provisions of Colorado criminal law.
A number of counties are slowly realizing that these teens don’t need to be sent to jail or marked as a sex offender. What they really need is counseling about the importance of self- respect – respecting their own bodies and developing a sense of self-esteem. However, some law enforcement agencies in Colorado will not hesitate to prosecute sexting as a sex crime because according to Colorado law, it falls under distribution of child pornography or sexual exploitation– very much a sex crime. Right now, sexting can fall under the sexual offender laws, which makes the penalties pretty severe for what is a consensual act among minors. In fact, it is a felony and the county prosecutors will have to treat these cases as such, whether or not they want to do that.
This news report reminds us that we as parents have an important responsibility in this digital age to closely monitor how our teens use their cell phones.
If your child has been charged with a sex crime because they sent or received such images, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Colorado Springs sex crime defense attorney. The skilled criminal defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm P.C. will help put your child’s sexting case in perspective and get them the help and counseling they need. We will fight hard to ensure that your child does not get jail time or get slapped with a sex offender status for what may have only been a minor lapse in judgment.