The Consequences of “Sexting“

In the recent past, cell phones were only in the possession of very few children and their use was severely restricted by parents who were concerned with the threat of crushingly expensive phone bills. Now, cell phones have become ubiquitous and unlimited talk and messaging plans have served to lessen the attention that many parents pay to their children’s cellular usage. Along with the development of camera phones, this has served to create an environment in which teenagers have chosen to express themselves and their sexuality through the exchange of sexually charged text and picture messages.

Unfortunately, engaging in “sexting”, as it has been termed, can expose an unwitting teenager to the possibility of facing a criminal prosecution. If your son or daughter has engaged in these activities and is now at risk of being designated as a sex offender, consulting with a skilled and experienced attorney is absolutely critical. Contact Massachusetts sex crimes lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676.

Charges That May Be Attached

The law always lags a bit behind the development of new concerns, so there have not yet been amendments made to existing laws or new ones introduced to specifically address the issue of sexting. Recent decisions by the state Supreme Court have found that some charges may not be applied to electronically transmitted messages under the current law, but action is being taken to change this. Some of the very adult criminal charges that a child may face in connection with these sorts of exchanges include:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Possessing a photograph of a child in a sexual act
  • Exhibiting a photograph of a child in a sexual act
  • Open lewdness
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
  • Statutory rape

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There is no time to waste. Contact Massachusetts sex crimes lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676 for the legal advice and assistance you need.


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