Child pornography laws can be very harsh; many impose years in prison for each image.
Furthermore, in almost all states, adults convicted of child pornography offenses are required to register as sex offenders.
Sex offenders must provide their personal information to police officers, who may make the information public.
Failing to register when required to do so is also a crime.
Sexting is the act of exchanging sexually titillating electronic messages with the opposite gender, usually with the person you fancy.
Today’s generation is open, bold and likes to speed up everything; courtship for them is not just about holding hands, soft petting and waiting to be united into holy matrimony, before anything racy could ever happen between them.
That is exactly what a lot of people consider incredibly sexy about a sext.
It leaves you asking for more; almost brings you down to your knees and leaves you quivering with longing.
Sexting is the sharing of nude or sexually explicit messages or photos, usually by cell phone or some other electronic device or means.
For example, one young man was charged with possessing child pornography because he had on his cell phone nude photos of his 16-year-old live-in girlfriend, who was also the mother of his child.
Similarly, in many states it is also a crime to ask a child under the age of 18 to share a nude photo of him or herself (this is sometimes called child enticement) – even if the child is really a law enforcement officer posing as a child as part of a sting operation.
Finally, an adult that shares nude or sexual photos of another adult without his or her permission or who sends unwanted sexts to another person could be charged with harassment or sued in civil court for causing emotional distress or other damage.
One common scenario is revenge porn-- for example, when an ex-boyfriend who distributes private photos in an effort to get back at his ex-girlfriend.