facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Counseling urged for teen 'sexting'

June 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM   |   Comments

ALBANY, N.Y., June 6 (UPI) -- New York lawmakers are proposing mandatory education instead of prosecution for "sexting" teenagers who transmit obscene images.

The Cyber Crime Youth Rescue Act, introduced Friday, would give prosecutors and judges more latitude on minors who distribute naked and sexually explicit pictures of themselves or others via cellphones, e-mail and social-networking sites, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Similar measures have been introduced or passed in other states to spare young people lifetime branding as child pornographers or sexual predators.

"There are too many kids who are getting themselves into serious trouble for adolescent behavior," said Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Alan Maisel, a sponsor. "I don't know if they should be tainted with this evil brush for the rest of their lives."

The bill proposes a mandatory training program run by the state Office of Children and Family Services for first-time offenders 18 or younger, at prosecutors' discretion.

The program would warn youngsters of the possible legal, personal and career consequences of sharing sexually suggestive or explicit images.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs
2
New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared
3
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
4
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
5
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback