I know that at Sawyer Legal Group, we were thrilled when the new juvenile sexting law – Posting, Possession, or Exchange of a Private Image by a Juvenile – went into effect because it protected teens from being charged with the felony child pornography crime. However, there is a caveat to the law, that leaves certain kids and teens vulnerable to the harsher crime. Two elementary school students are facing the felony crime after one sent nude photos to the other, which he in turn posted on Snapchat. While this sounds like a perfect example of why we need the juvenile version of this crime, the two students would not be eligible, due to their age. Let's look at the law to find out why.
Jefferson County Posting of a Private Image by a Juvenile: What are the Age Requirements in Adams County
The Jefferson and Adams County, Colorado law definition of Posting a Private Image by a Juvenile – C.R.S. 18-7-109 – is:
“(1) A juvenile commits the offense of posting a private image by a juvenile if he or she, through digital or electronic means:
(a) Knowingly distributes, displays, or publishes to the view of another person a sexually explicit image of a person other than himself or herself who is at least fourteen years of age or is less than four years younger than the juvenile:
(I) Without the depicted person's permission; or
(II) When the recipient did not solicit or request to be supplied with the image and suffered emotional distress; or
(III) When the juvenile knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private; or
(b) Knowingly distributes, displays, or publishes, to the view of another person who is at least fourteen years of age or is less than four years younger than the juvenile, a sexually explicit image of himself or herself when the recipient did not solicit or request to be supplied with the image and suffered emotional distress.”
Basically, the person pictured must be at least 14 years old. This means that anyone 10, 11, 12, or 13 cannot be charged with this offense – a petty offense, and instead is left to face the felony Sexual Exploitation of a Child charge. One would be charged for creating child pornography by taking the image of herself and the other would be charged with distributing child pornography for sharing the image.
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