Thursday, January 30, 2014

LA - Local law enforcement issues warning about sexting

Original Article

A major study was done years ago that shows that children are sexting other peers at a growing rate.


By Josh Marcisz

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office held a press conference Wednesday morning to address the issue of children sending and receiving nude photos and videos. Bossier Sheriff, Julian C. Whittington, says his office has been receiving a high number of complaints in recent days of young people sharing nude photos via cell phones, computers and social media sites.

BPSO hinted that they are working a number of cases which could result in charges.

"You could be arrested, you could go to jail, you could have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. This is not child's play anymore, this is serious business," remarked Whittington. Sexting is a crime punishable by fine, jail time and community service for a first offense. Distributing pornography involving juveniles is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

BPSO will be working with the District Attorney's Office, the Bossier Parish School Board and city law enforcement agencies in an effort to address the issue. Families with children in Bossier schools will be receiving letters that give suggestions about how to open a dialogue with their children. You can read the letter issued by BPSO here.


eAdvocate said...

I totally agree

Anonymous said...

If a sex offender is going to reoffend online, all he has to do is create one profile under a fake name where he doesn't mention he's a sex offender. In fact, in most internet sex crimes, I doubt that the adult was even using an account with his real name on it. Since most people who commit internet sex crimes don't want to get caught before they even commit the act, it's kind of stupid to put their real name online when they're talking to the minor.

Anonymous said...

This lady is contradicting herself to tell the truth. First she is saying sex offenders are liars who are "sneaky and despicable" and create 10,000 different accounts with 10,000 different names in order to reoffend. Then she is acting like sex offenders who are planning on reoffending online (which is a very low percent of sex offenders, regardless of what she may think) are actually going to be perfectly honest about what online accounts they are using. As I stated in my last post, if they reoffend online they're almost certainly going to be using a fake name. Yes, and they aren't going to disclose this fake name to law enforcement, nor are they going to be putting a notice on the fake name account that they have been previously convicted of a sex crime. Unless law enforcement is going to track ex offender's online activity somehow, there's no way to know that they're not just lying about what online accounts they have. Meanwhile, the offenders who are honest about what online accounts they have (which are the ones who won't reoffend online) are the people who are actually punished under this bill. The whole irony of this bill is that the bill is punishing people who won't reoffend and not punishing those who will commit a new crime. Since this bill got rejected just last year and it's already gotten struck down in other states I seriously doubt it will pass though.