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January 27, 2010
WHAT'S DUMBER than taking a nude picture of yourself with a cell phone and sending it to all your friends? That would be the punishment adults dreamed up for the teens who do this when they send explicit messages via their cell phones - a practice called "sexting. " Under state law, a sexting teenager can face a felony charge for distributing child pornography. His name can be put in a registry of sex offenders for 10 years. Thankfully, the state Legislature is seriously considering House Bill 2189, which would downgrade the offense to a misdemeanor.
NEWS
December 22, 2011
JAMESTOWN, PA. - A northwestern Pennsylvania social-studies teacher is behind bars charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to two students. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Kevin Anthony Defrancesco, 28, was arraigned on corruption-of-minors charges for messages he allegedly sent to two female students, 13 and 14, beginning in October. Investigators say Defrancesco asked one of the girls to send him pictures of herself and traded pictures with the other.
NEWS
March 25, 2010 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
FRANK Rizzo used to say, "Never send a letter, and never throw one away. " If he were alive today, Mayor Rizzo would need to update that for a 21st-century audience. I'm thinking, "Never send a naked picture, and never forward one. " By now, you've certainly heard the term "sexting" - young people sending explicit pictures via cell phones. Practically speaking, smart phones and digital cameras have made transmitting those images something that's done without any real thought.
NEWS
August 10, 2010
Wednesday's editorial "Juvenile behavior" incorrectly suggests that legislation currently being considered in Harrisburg would criminalize "sexting. " Sexting is already a crime in Pennsylvania. What most people don't understand is that anyone, even a minor, who sends sexually explicit photos of kids under 18 from his or her cell phone to another cell phone commits a serious crime. Under current law, sexting is a felony offense. Teens currently charged with sexting, if convicted, could face placement away from home; end up as a registered sex offenders; and could be dogged the rest of their lives with a permanent criminal record.
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November 14, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District is among the elite of the region, but Chester County officials say it has at least one thing in common with every district in the county - and others across the country: students barely in their teens sexting. A fourth T/E student has been charged with distributing sexually explicit images, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday, in a case that continues to roil the district's middle and high schools, which are among the top-ranked in the state academically.
NEWS
October 18, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
If a teenage girl sends her teenage boyfriend a naked picture of herself, is it child pornography? And if that same couple has a nasty breakup and the boy sends the picture to the entire high school football team, should he be prosecuted for possessing and disseminating child pornography? State lawmakers are grappling with these questions as they tinker with laws to account for "sexting," the transmission of explicit pictures via cellphone, an activity that doesn't fit well into the laws currently on the books.
NEWS
March 18, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court yesterday decided not to decide whether photos in a "sexting" controversy are free speech protected by the First Amendment. But the three judges in Philadelphia said a prosecutor could not charge a teenage girl merely for appearing in a photograph without evidence she had engaged in distributing it. The case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit gained national attention this year because it was, potentially, the first appeals case to address whether free-speech law protected "sexting" - sending sexually explicit messages or photos to cell phones.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | STAFF REPORT
A 25-year-old Coatesville man has been charged in sending hundreds of sexually explicit text messages to the phone of a 12-year-old girl. Authorities began investigating Michael David Petrash after text messages were discovered on the girl's phone, said West Goshen police. Both Petrash and the girl were students together at a martial arts school, according to court records. According to court documents, Petrash used the text messages to instruct the child to participate in sexually explicit activities.
NEWS
January 26, 2010 | By DOM GIORDANO
I'M not alone in observing that we've become a society in which frivolous lawsuits are rampant. A case in federal appeals court here is a perfect example. But this is not just another run-of-the-mill frivolous lawsuit. The case before the judges involves "sexting" - the social and technological phenomenon of taking and sending explicit photos via cell phones. It's a serious issue and one worthy of public debate. What makes this case so important is that it could end up deciding for the first time whether teens can be prosecuted under current Pennsylvania child-pornography laws for "sexting.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Nancy Willard - author, lawyer, and expert on sexting - has seen this picture before: A teenage girl sends an intimate photo of herself to a boyfriend, who becomes an ex-boyfriend, who forwards the image to his buddies. Soon his pals are frog-marched out of school in handcuffs, their case hits the media, and legislators harrumph with well-meaning ham-handedness. There is no better recipe for bad law, she says, than one that combines teens, sex, and technology. So Pennsylvania lawmakers need to think a little more before going forward with their latest effort to outlaw sexting, says Willard, who directs the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. The law shouldn't victimize the victim.
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NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
In a case that prosecutors said should serve as a lesson to other teens, a former North Penn High School student was sentenced Tuesday after admitting that he posted nude photos of classmates to a file-sharing website. Brandon Tyler Berlin, 19, of North Wales, will be on probation for two years, and was fined $250 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, under a plea deal. Berlin was arrested last year after, police said, he collected sexually explicit photos of more than 30 female classmates and posted them to a Dropbox file shared widely among students at North Penn.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
A high school chemistry teacher in Chester County faces trial after allegedly soliciting nude photos and videos from a 16-year-old student and swapping thousands of texts with him over a year and a half, authorities said. Brandon Keith Mitchell, 30, of West Chester, is accused of unlawful contact with a minor, child pornography, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. He was arrested Feb. 3. Mitchell taught at Downingtown West High School from November 2010 until he was suspended in April.
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November 22, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County officials are investigating how inappropriate photos of high school students were placed on a file-sharing website. Police this week were called to investigate a Dropbox account with photos and video clips of minors who attend Plymouth Whitemarsh High School or live in surrounding communities. "The preliminary investigation revealed a Dropbox account that included pictures of a number of current and graduated students," Colonial School District Superintendent MaryEllen Gorodetzer said in a statement.
NEWS
November 14, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District is among the elite of the region, but Chester County officials say it has at least one thing in common with every district in the county - and others across the country: students barely in their teens sexting. A fourth T/E student has been charged with distributing sexually explicit images, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday, in a case that continues to roil the district's middle and high schools, which are among the top-ranked in the state academically.
NEWS
November 8, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 2,000 middle school students in the Tredyffrin/Easttown district will get new training in safe communication and Internet use in the coming weeks after three students were charged with distributing sexually explicit images and harassing classmates, the superintendent said. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Richard Gusick said he knew many were disappointed to hear about the still-unfolding sexting scandal. "I firmly believe that all children should be educated to act respectfully online and face to face," Gusick said in his letter, emailed to parents Thursday and posted on the district's website.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three Tredyffrin/Easttown district students face charges of distributing or offering to share sexually explicit images - including photos of their middle-school classmates - after an investigation that police say could expand to implicate more children. The students, ages 11 to 15, were not identified. They face juvenile charges as well as disciplinary action by the district, routinely ranked among the state's best public school systems. Victims and participants told investigators that images of child erotica, nudity, child pornography, and pornography had been created, sent, stored, and viewed by students at their homes and in school over the last six months, Tredyffrin Township police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amber hearts Johnny OK, so we don't know whether any of this is true or not, but reports are making us blush about this here Amber Heard and that dude she just married, Johnny Depp. He's way over there filming the 1,197th Pirates of the Caribbean thing, and she's way over there, filming The Danish Girl . OK, they just got married, they're far away, so whatcha do? Between scenes, you scurry to your trailer and get to sexting your new mate! Sext, sext, sext, until the phone (or the recipient)
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON A bill that would exempt New Jersey teenagers caught sexting with their peers from registering as sex offenders stalled in the Assembly on Thursday. The measure was scheduled for a vote by the full Assembly but hit a last-minute snag, said Wayne P. D'Angelo (D., Mercer), one of its sponsors. "It was a done deal," D'Angelo said, adding that he was "highly disappointed" by the setback, which stemmed from a provision that would impose a $30 monthly fee on sex offenders to pay for increased oversight by parole officers.
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Jonathan Lemire and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Anthony Weiner said Thursday that he'd traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress. But as he tried to tamp down questions about his behavior, a poll suggested the new disclosures were taking a toll on his mayoral prospects. Facing a third day of renewed queries and criticism of his conduct as he continued campaigning, the married Democrat also said he supposed he'd had sexually charged exchanges with a total of six to 10 women; he'd previously capped that number at six. Weiner, the congressman who resigned in 2011 after the first batch of sexts surfaced, is running for New York mayor and had been near the top of most polls of the Democratic primary race until the latest furor over his behavior began this week when the gossip website The Dirty posted explicit messages that a woman said she and Weiner sent each other starting in July 2012.
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July 25, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal yesterday like the one that destroyed his congressional career, but stood side-to-side with his wife to say that he won't drop out of the race for mayor of New York. "This is entirely behind me," Weiner, a/k/a "Carlos Danger" (more on that in a minute), said at an evening news conference, hours after the gossip website The Dirty posted X-rated text messages and a crotch photo that it said the former congressman exchanged with a woman.
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