Does the punishment fit the crime?
When Phillip Alpert, 18, had a fight with his girlfriend, he sent a naked photo of her to 70 people ... including her parents.
He was arrested and charged with sending child porn. He pleaded no contest, and was later convicted. His sentence? He got five years probation, and was forced to register as a sex offender.
"You will find me on the registered sex offender list next to people who have raped children, molested kids, things like that, because I sent child pornography," Alpert told CNN. "You think child pornography, you think 6-year-old, 3-year-old little kids who can't think for themselves, who are taken advantage of. That really wasn't the case."
Alpert's attorney is trying to get his client removed from Florida's sex offender registry. "Sexting is treated as child pornography in almost every state and it catches teens completely offguard because this is a fairly natural and normal thing for them to do," he tells CNN. "It is surprising to us as parents, but for teens it's part of their culture."
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