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"Sexting" lands teen on sex offender list

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:58 PM
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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy, a private nonprofit group whose mission is to protect children, and CosmoGirl.com, surveyed nearly 1,300 teens about sex and technology. The result: 1 in 5 teens say they've sexted even though the majority know it could be a crime. 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.

Link to CNN Article
I did a search to make sure this wasn't already up, but there is actually an older case here on ats which can be found here but since this is more recent, I decided to bring it up. (It's on the front page of CNN right about now)

Anyways, just wanted to get some input on what you other people think. As for me, I think this is GREAT that this perverted boy is being charged.
Maybe I'm twisted, but I can honestly say that I am glad someone is facing the consequences for doing something stupid.
Some of you liberalists may say "but you've done something stupid too, it's her right." Well, let me tell you something: I've never sent pictures of my naked "girlfriend" to anyone, nor do I posses any nor do I wish to posses any nor would a girl that I would date ever go to that level and send me such material. How sick!

As a male teenager of today, I can honestly say that I am truly disappointed in today's culture. This girl should not even be taking pictures of herself un-dressed, never mind at that age, AND sending them to her boyfriend. I don't care if you have the right, or freedom of expression or speech, it is just plain stupid and immoral, whether your religious or not. Anyone who says other wise, please explain to me your thinking other than "She has the right to do whatever she wants with her body" because quite frankly, in a place that promotes reason, logic and denying ignorance, that statement does not meet any of those prerequisites.

So correct me if I am wrong, but I think it is great to see this guy getting charged, but at the same time, that girl who had taken the pictures should be "re-educated" as well. One thing that disturbs me from the article is this:

"Sexting is treated as child pornography in almost every state and it catches teens completely off guard because this is a fairly natural and normal thing for them to do. It is surprising to us as parents, but for teens it's part of their culture."
Goodness! Is this what my generation has come to? Seriously? It is natural to expose yourself without regard of possible consequences?

Please, somebody e-hit me if I am going crazy, but this scares me. Like I said, I am a young person just like those in the article, but in no way do I have the desire to "sext" never mind blackmail my "girlfriend" with it.
These kids should be given the justice they deserve, whether they are "on the list beside rapists" or not. I would expect punishment if I did something wrong, and so should they.

Why has our culture become so perverted and sexual orientated? It's a sick world we live in. Please parents, sheild your children for the good of us all.


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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:07 PM
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Originally posted by For(Home)Country


Anyways, just wanted to get some input on what you other people think. As for me, I think this is GREAT that this perverted boy is being charged.
Maybe I'm twisted, but I can honestly say that I am glad someone is facing the consequences for doing something stupid.


Should he be charged for disturbing her privacy and/or distributing underage pornography? Probably.

Should he go on the sex offender's list for the rest of his life? Absolutely not.

These lists are here to protect people from real sexual predators, not 18 year old kids who sent a few dirty pics of their girlfriends to a few of their buddies. The guy was wrong for what he did, but we're taking the whole sex-offender thing too far.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:12 PM
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Good point about the being severely charged part, and even though I said I didn't care in my original post, I realize that maybe now, him being on that list is a little much. However, I still believe that the issue should be dealt with. Yes, when you compare his situation to that of an older man who has raped multiple little kids, it makes it look small and insignificant, but when you do not belittle it, and look at it for what it really is, it is sick and stupid.
If this is what our culture has become, then we need some serious change. His actions cannot be justified.
He should be charged for acquiring and distributing, and she should be charged with distributing it as well. But that's just me.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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I honestly believe that this kid just made a grave, yet impulsive and stupid mistake.

The sex offenders list belongs to the rapists and pedophiles (Although I believe they deserve far worse). This kid should be punished now, not for the rest of his life.

Really, though, this just goes to show how sex-saturated our world is at the moment. So many out there have very unhealthy views of sex, and teens are the biggest victims of this. Sexting is simply one factor in a bigger picture.

This incident is yet another example of today's warped society.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:25 PM
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Originally posted by drwizardphd

Originally posted by For(Home)Country


Anyways, just wanted to get some input on what you other people think. As for me, I think this is GREAT that this perverted boy is being charged.
Maybe I'm twisted, but I can honestly say that I am glad someone is facing the consequences for doing something stupid.


Should he be charged for disturbing her privacy and/or distributing underage pornography? Probably.

Should he go on the sex offender's list for the rest of his life? Absolutely not.

These lists are here to protect people from real sexual predators, not 18 year old kids who sent a few dirty pics of their girlfriends to a few of their buddies. The guy was wrong for what he did, but we're taking the whole sex-offender thing too far.



Well said, and totally agreed. This type of stuff happens all the time, it was stupid for him to send it out of course. But I don't think he is a sex offender, and that is going to ruin his life most likely being labeled and listed as a sex offender. He can't get a lot of jobs or careers that he would otherwise be able to get.

The punishment doesn't fit the crime in my opinion. It's grossly disproportionate.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:37 PM
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Be very careful what you speak, for once the words leave your mouth they no longer belong to you.
This is something i heard on travels thru indian reservations when i was young. It is Sage advace and can be applied to anything you send in email, text, or video.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 11:07 PM
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Ah! What do you want the boy to do! Delete it once its sent....I'm sure his hormones would agree with you on that one...

Good lord these kids are having "adult" relationships to some degree...of course theres evidence flying around!
I'm not saying that in itself is right or wrong but I will tell you its the modern day equivalent of a mirror on a shoe!

This is not a 12 year old. It is a 15 year old. My boyfriend in highschool was 18 when I was 15 (my parents adored him, he got accepted to Stanford, blah.) and we got a kick out of our technical illegality.

Trust me, yes it is common. Again without arguing about if these teenagers "should" be seeing each other naked....

No way should a teenage boy end up on a sexual predator list for life.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 11:11 PM
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Originally posted by For(Home)Country

As a male teenager of today, I can honestly say that I am truly disappointed in today's culture. This girl should not even be taking pictures of herself un-dressed, never mind at that age, AND sending them to her boyfriend. I don't care if you have the right, or freedom of expression or speech, it is just plain stupid and immoral, whether your religious or not. Anyone who says other wise, please explain to me your thinking other than "She has the right to do whatever she wants with her body" because quite frankly, in a place that promotes reason, logic and denying ignorance, that statement does not meet any of those prerequisites.



Oh goodness OP...
Don't be such a stick in the mud!

Is it because they have no clothes on in the pictures? Its all considered "pornography"? They're not married? She's under 18? All? Something Else?
Whats the deal?



posted on Apr, 9 2009 @ 04:19 PM
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Originally posted by awake_awoke

Originally posted by For(Home)Country

As a male teenager of today, I can honestly say that I am truly disappointed in today's culture. This girl should not even be taking pictures of herself un-dressed, never mind at that age, AND sending them to her boyfriend. I don't care if you have the right, or freedom of expression or speech, it is just plain stupid and immoral, whether your religious or not. Anyone who says other wise, please explain to me your thinking other than "She has the right to do whatever she wants with her body" because quite frankly, in a place that promotes reason, logic and denying ignorance, that statement does not meet any of those prerequisites.



Oh goodness OP...
Don't be such a stick in the mud!

Is it because they have no clothes on in the pictures? Its all considered "pornography"? They're not married? She's under 18? All? Something Else?
Whats the deal?


I already explained my reasoning against the act, now please, if you will, explain why it is not immoral, immature and stupid. Thanks.



posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 01:07 PM
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Originally posted by For(Home)Country
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Good point about the being severely charged part, and even though I said I didn't care in my original post, I realize that maybe now, him being on that list is a little much.


you just proved to everyone the people who charged him with this has a mind of a child, it was the same thinking as your first post that these people charged him with, they went to step 1 in there minds and that was it, they did not even think to the response of the next poster and ponder and change their minds as you have, and i congratulate you. It is child like thinking that this person will be on a sex offender list for the rest of there life. what gets someone on a sex offender list? lets see,,,,a adult picks up a child AND RAPES HIM, he is now on a sex offender list, put your mind around that PHYSICAL ACT, and see this person who EMAILED A PHOTO is now on THAT SAME LIST, and now,,,cannot find a job.

congrats to the OP you have the mind of a child. or maybe it is now HAD, but i doubt it, people's perceptions usually don't change over night.

if you think what im saying is not true, well you sir, are retarded.



posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 01:44 PM
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The only thing that makes this wrong is the law.

Do people measure morality by what their particular countries laws are?

For example if this had happened in the UK, where the age of consent is 16, then this wouldn't have been 'child pornography'.

Americans might still be children at 16 but in the UK, for example, you can be out of school and working a full time job (if you can find one that is) at 16. Do Americans consider that child labour?

Do Americans think the UK are all pedo's because the law allows sex at 16?







 
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