Sending pictures online dating
There is no hiding for Alpert, whose neighbors, he says, all know. If you type my name into the search engine online, you will find me." As sexting incidents pop up around the country, prosecutors are trying to come to terms with how these cases should be handled.George Skumanick Jr., a district attorney from Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, took a novel approach when 20 students from Tunkhannock High School were caught allegedly sexting." Although the district attorney maintains the program is voluntary, the letter he sent to parents notes, "Charges will be filed against those who do not participate." Seventeen of the 20 students caught in the sexting incidents have completed the 14 hours of classes.Skumanick won't comment on the Miller case, but says, "You can't call committing a crime fun or a prank.The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy, a private nonprofit group whose mission is to protect children, and Cosmo Girl.com, surveyed nearly 1,300 teens about sex and technology.The result: 1 in 5 teens say they've sexted even though the majority know it could be a crime. He had just turned 18 when he sent a naked photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend, a photo she had taken and sent him, to dozens of her friends and family after an argument.
Rather than force her daughter to take the classes, which would have required she write a report explaining why what she did was wrong, Miller and two other families -- with the help of the ACLU -- are suing the district attorney to stop him from filing charges.
"We believe she was the victim and that she did nothing wrong," says Miller.
"How can I ask her to compromise her values and write this essay, when she didn't do anything?
As for Alpert, life is not easy as a registered sex offender, a label he will carry until the age of 43.
He's been kicked out of college, he cannot travel out of the county without making prior arrangements with his probation officer, he has lost many friends and is having trouble finding a job because of his status as a convicted felon.
The high school sweethearts had been dating for almost 2½ years.