Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of Connecticut
As of November 1, 2010, minors who are caught sexting will not be subject to felony charges under the State of Connecticut child pornography laws, but rather will be charged with a misdemeanor. If the minor is convicted he or she could still face up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
In 2010 Connecticut passed a law to specifically deal with the sexting epidemic. In general, legislators wanted minors who were caught sexting to not be subject to the strict punishments under the State’s child pornography laws. In general, legislators did not want to condone sexting but felt that charging a minor with a felony and possibly needing the minor to register as a sex offender was too harsh. However, if a teenager’s act of sexting does not fit under the specific sexting statute then the teenager could be prosecuted under the State’s child pornography laws. In general, Connecticut’s child pornography laws make it a felony to possess or distribute child pornography or promote a minor in engaging in a sexual act. Connecticut has various degrees of possession depending on the volume of sexually explicit images a person has. A conviction could result in a prison term of up to 5 years and the offender will have to register as a sex offender.
Law and Punishment
The 2010 sexting law applies to sexting or other electronic transmission or possession of child pornography by persons 13 to 15 years old (for transmission) or 13 to 17 years old (for possession):
- It is a class A misdemeanor rather than a felony.
- The recipient must be 13 to 17 years old, and the sender must be 13 to 15 years old and be the subject of the depiction.
- If convicted no requirement to register as a sex offender.
- Punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $ 2,000, or both.
Up to 1 year in jail for a minor.
Up to $2,000 in fines for a minor .
Up to 5 years in jail for an adult.
Up to 5 years in jail for an adult or minor who does not fit under the statute and registration as sex offender.
Latest News Concerning Sexting in Connecticut
WTNH News 8 | April 27, 2012
WTNH | February 10, 2012
Patch.com | October 27, 2011
NBC Connecticut | April 18, 2011
WFSB Hartford | December 3, 2010
Connecticut Post | September 24, 2010
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