Perverts Outraged as South Carolina Moves to make “Sexting” a Crime

Aren't adults like Tara Bush better than teens?

Alex Knepper hardest hit! Even though it’s a bill put forward by the historically thug hugging Democrats I’m on board wit this one. A prefiled bill makes teen sexting a crime, but a civil one instead of criminal:

Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, says there are several reasons he, Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville and Sen. Darrell Jackson of Columbia prefiled the bill.

First, he hopes it will help prevent some teens from sexting. “You want to use it as a tool to educate young people about what’s appropriate and what’s not. And I think a lot of them don’t realize how a potential stigma could arise from this that could follow you,” he says.

Second, it allows teens engaged in sexting to be held accountable without potentially ruining their lives. In states that have no law against sexting, teens found with cell phones containing nude photos of minors can be charged with possession and/or distribution of child pornography, a serious felony.

The prefiled bill would make sexting a civil case, with penalties of a $100 fine and/or requiring the teen to complete an educational program on the dangers of sexting. If the teen doesn’t pay the fine or complete the educational program, his driver’s license could be suspended for 90 days. The crime also would not give the teen a criminal record or force him to register as a sex offender, unlike a child pornography charge.

And third, Sen. Hutto thinks just prefiling the bill will give parents a good reason to talk to their teens about sexting and its dangers. “When people see your story, the mom may get the daughter in and say, ‘Look what the legislature is talking about doing. You know, I’ve told you before to be careful what you text and email and send to your friends and now if you do this you’re subjecting yourself to a fine.’”

As for how it would be enforced, if it becomes law, Sen. Hutto says cases would likely come up through complaints by parents or from teachers or school resource officers who see or hear about it.

The educational course violators would have to take would include teaching the teens about the consequences of sexting, things they probably never considered. Sen. Hutto says an explicit photo that may have been meant for a teen girl’s boyfriend could end up being forwarded to other people and even make it onto the Internet. The girl could then end up with a stalker who saw her photo online.

Sounds good to me. Many a pervert argues that sex offender registries are “unfair” because some teen may end up on it for sexting and this bill solves that matter. As long as adults found hording these pictures are still charged with child porn I’m happy.

I’d suggest though that the “education” portion of the punishment include telling the kids that skeevy perverts were jerking it to their image even now, and that this how people see you when you start sending nude pictures of yourself in your parents bathroom to random people:

The first sexter

Speaking of parents, if your kid is getting naked and making amateur porn when their still under 18 you need to take some parenting classes.


8 Responses to “Perverts Outraged as South Carolina Moves to make “Sexting” a Crime”

  1. Ajax the Great on December 18th, 2010 11:52 am

    I agree that such a law is far better than ruining the lives of horny teenagers and making them register as sex offenders. A $100 fine and an education course, and no criminal record, that’s not much worse than the penalty for jaywalking in some states/cities. And yes, only perverted adults would be truly angry, and nothing would change for them.

    If only they did that for underage drinking as well–I know NY and DC are like that now, some states like Texas you can go to jail for six months, and if you are 18-20 it goes on your adult record and will haunt you the rest of your life. That makes no sense. Of course, I think the drinking age should be 18 as well. Either you’re an adult at 18 or you’re not.

  2. Loup Garou on December 20th, 2010 12:58 pm

    hey I have a great idea…. don’t give your kids a phone… and if they have a job and buy their own phone but still live under your roof… you get full access to it. Geesh…who would have thought that growing up in the seventies when a smuggled beer or cigarette was the worst thing you could get caught with. it makes me feel like I actually grew up in the 50′s at this point.

  3. DodiaFae on December 22nd, 2010 11:36 pm

    Ajax, the difference between sexting and drunk driving is that if you do one you can kill someone.

    It’s a pretty common-sense thing that a lot of people fail to get. Someone coined the term “willful ignorance”, so I think it’s safe to use the term “willful stupidity” for those who drive drunk. I mean, if you’re operating a two-ton piece of machinery, the least you can do is be sober when you’re doing it. And pay attention.

    I agree that SC’s law for “sexting” is a good thing.

  4. DodiaFae on December 22nd, 2010 11:40 pm

    Loup Garou, I agree 110%! It’s a parent’s job to be nosy. I hated it when I was a teen, but it certainly kept me out of a lot of the trouble I would have gotten into otherwise.

    Check your child’s phone daily (even if you insist they pay for their own phone, make sure your name is on it so you can have it shut off if you feel you need to), and have full access to their computer/email/networking accounts (if you even allow them on any networking sites… I think it’s a bad idea, but that’s me.)

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  6. Bill on October 21st, 2013 3:45 am

    You have a picture in your blog that has been edited to remove the copyright logo’s that were on photo originally. I’d like to request that you permanently remove the photo because it is a photo of my wife from a Halloween contest (I was Mr. Clean) but anyhow I do not appreciate it being there or the context of message you have surrounding it.
    Thank you.

  7. Rob Taylor on October 22nd, 2013 10:31 pm

    I do not and never edit out copy writes, this picture circulated on several forums and other websites.

  8. Rob Taylor on October 22nd, 2013 10:32 pm

    Also – you don’t appreciate a picture of your wife dressed literally as a dirty whore being used to illustrate a sexting law? Really?

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