When school administrators discovered nude photos of teenage girls in the cell phones of some boys at school, they decided to set an example and crack down on “sexting.” The school officials took the matter to the local prosecutor. The prosecutor, in turn, informed the parents of the girls that the youngsters would either have to attend a multi-session education and counseling class or face felony child pornography charges.
The letter to the parents explaining the “program” stated, “Participation in the program is voluntary. … However, charges will be filed against those that do not participate.” Hmmm. This curious arrangement was challenged in a lawsuit and the court found the prosecutors’ actions illegal. Go here (pdf) for the ruling. Will the prosecutor be sanctioned for the illegal action? Don’t count on it.