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.Time and again, people have been arrested and convicted for sex crimes after they strike up a conversation online with an officer posing as a 15-year-old girl on social media or in a chat room and ask the “girl” to share nude photos of herself.
First, an adult who receives or shares a nude or sexual image of a child under the age of 18 can be charged with possessing or sending child pornography.The feds didn't step in, for instance, when dozens of cops were under investigation for sexting and having sex with an underage girl in Oakland, California. prosecutors have been big lately on exercising jurisdiction over both social media and sexting, and these have also been the subject of much attention in Congress lately.Or when a Chicago cop was arrested for trafficking a 14-year-old. All of this helps suggest the decision to make this a federal matter is based more on opportunism and political agendas than the severity of O'Kimosh's crime or his threat to the public.Child enticement laws can also be very harsh, and the crime is often punishable by long prison terms.Usually, child enticement convictions also result in sex offender registration. In some states, these crimes are misdemeanors (punishable in most states by up to one year in jail).No adult, especially not one sworn to uphold the law, should be sexting with a teenager, let alone propositioning one.