Until recently, nobody had heard the term “sexting.” But this activity, meaning texting sexual photos or messages, can have an all too real impact on teens. Take 20-year-old Phillip Alpert, who was an 18-year-old living in Florida when he forwarded photos of his ex-girlfriend to get her attention.
Alpert was arrested on child-pornography charges, given five years’ probation, and forced to register as a sex offender. He is also required to attend weekly sex-offender re-education classes for the duration of his probation. In sexting cases between two underage parties, the teens can feel like both perpetrator and victim, and the consequences can be life-altering, as Alpert’s case demonstrates.
Alpert’s lawyer took on the case as a pro bono project, partly to educate others on the serious consequences of sexting.
Source: Sexting Leads To Teen Having To Register As A Sex Offender, MTV.com, February 11, 2010
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