By Ave Mince-Didier. Sexting is the sending of nude or sexually explicit photos by electronic means, such as a text message. Some states, like New Jersey, have specific legislation that deals with teen sexting. For example, before New Jersey passed its teen sexting law in , one year-girl in Passaic County was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography after posting a bevy of explicit photos of herself on her Myspace page.
New Jersey Sexting Laws for Teens and Minors
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One month earlier, a year-old West Orange boy and a year-old Little Falls girl were each charged with distributing child pornography after their explicit conversations surfaced. According to the authorities, the boy sent nude pictures and sexually explicit videos of his ex-girlfriend to the girl. Schools all over the country have been dealing with the legal and psychological consequences of sexting, defined by the State of New Jersey as "sexually suggestive or explicit pictures transmitted via cell phones"—and educators and parents are now realizing these incidents are not rare. Most states do not have specific sexting laws and instead criminally prosecute kids caught sending nude photos of themselves or other kids under harsh child pornography laws.
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And while the use of these technologies is not without consequences, most of this behavior is not illegal. Studies show that a significant number of teenagers have taken, sent, or received explicit photos from friends, classmates, or dates. Research also shows that many of those teenagers do not understand the legal consequences of their actions.
Authorities say a New Jersey man pretended to be a male fitness model on social media and convinced a year-old Texas girl to send him "numerous" nude photos of herself. The men planned to use a weapon to destroy a bridge, "harming and hindering" Whitmer, her security detail, and law enforcement, the DOJ said. In addition to the far-reaching investigation of Rudy Giuliani and several of his cohorts by the U. Department of Justice and the U.