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Sexting Lands Teen on Sex Offender List

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Does the punishment fit the crime?

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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."

Do you think teens who 'sext' should be required to register as sex offenders?

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11 comments so far | Post a comment now
Ashley April 9, 2009, 7:42 PM

So what did he think would happen when he sent the pictures to her parents? That they wouldn’t be mad? He should have exercised better judgement and because he didn’t he has to pay for it. The girl should have known better also. An expensive and embarrassing lesson for the both of them I’d say it was.

Rachel April 9, 2009, 9:48 PM

What he did was wrong, but c’mon…sex offender?? I don’t think so. These rulings are getting to be ridiculous. A little common sense with the law wouldn’t hurt. Should he be punished? Of course. But this is just not a suitable punishment.

Shenna April 9, 2009, 11:04 PM

I can’t help but laugh at this. Morons. Both him and her.

Sara live April 10, 2009, 4:57 AM

HELL YA!!! STICK IT TO HIM. I think they should do the same to his ex, actually everyone stupid enough to do this type of thing, and anyone who has sex before marriage should to.

Anna April 11, 2009, 9:48 AM

Maybe this will make other kids stop and think before they send out naked photos of themselves or others. Wouldn’t that be something!

Jen April 11, 2009, 8:40 PM

While I don’t think he should be lumped with molesters and rapists, this is the law like it or not. As an adult, he needs to be aware of the law and exercise better judgement. That’s life. Hopefully he (and the girl) learned a lesson.

Nat April 12, 2009, 9:38 AM

“Sexting” is a practice I had virtually never heard of until today: thank you for enlightening me about the latest cool trends en vigueur among our youths :)
While the lad shouldn’t have been added to the sex offenders list, hopefully he and the girl will learn from their mistakes.

Gigohead  April 14, 2009, 5:28 PM

I’m glad all this is happening. It can probably cool teenagers heads in doing such a stupid thing. Yes, it’s a bit extreme, but if that’s the result, both girls and boys will stop doing something so stupid.

Hxyyhkhh June 23, 2009, 11:36 PM

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Jerome November 3, 2009, 6:27 AM

Yes, let’s ruin the lives of 18 year olds to “send them a message.” What wonderful logic.

Creative Thinker February 4, 2010, 11:41 AM

Although I think it is seriously overdoing it to have him put on the list I do think he needs to be punished. Granted I can say that I am 20 yrs of age, male, and have done participated in “sexting” however not to the extreme of sending the images to 70 people. Plus they weren’t minors… However I feel that between a couple or such its not a horrible thing. With new technologies comes new ways to flirt. It’s a simple extension of people having phone sex. I mean at the time the phone was created it wasn’t used for such things but people adapted to it and do it all the time now. I simply think that parents need to EDUCATE their children on the ideas of cause and effect. Yes this CAN be innocent flirtatious fun however if abused this COULD become embarrassing or even punishable by law. Having your name put on a list is no joke. Some places require that sex offenders place signs in their front yard stating that they are offenders. Is this something that you really want to do to our youth simply because they were… Oh wait… YOUNG AND DUMB?? Their kids what do you expect?

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