MCLE Article: Birds, Bees, and Sexting: What Every Parent Needs Their T(w)een To Know
By Kresta Daly
Kresta Daly is a partner at Barth Daly located in Sacramento. For nearly 20 years her practice has focused on defending individuals and businesses accused of federal and state crimes, including everything from securities violations to sex crimes.
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Sexting. Moral questions aside, the term should terrify the parent of every teen or tween. Conduct many minors define as flirting can turn them into registered sex offenders and/or felons for the rest of their lives. The original rationale behind laws banning sexting was to protect minors from predators, on and off line. Whether that rationale applies to consensual conduct between minors is suspect. Anti-sexting laws are overbroad, and minors are prosecuted for conduct in which most youths admit to having engaged.