Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Another asinine prosecutor bringing felony charges against teenagers for taking and sending naked pictures of themselves on cell phone cameras:

Five Virginia high school students have been charged with felony counts related to cellphone-transmitted pornographic images, officials said…

The most recent charges stem from a female student at Franklin County High School taking a male student’s phone into a bathroom to take pictures of herself, the Times reported.


And I don’t know if this makes things better or worse:

It’s not clear what the consequences of the felony pornography charges might be but the chances of the students being convicted on the charges are as likely “as the moon coming crashing down tomorrow,” Commonwealth Attorney Cliff Hapgood said.

Hapgood is the DA in the case. If he knows the charges won’t stick, why charge them, for crying out loud?

Some commonwealth attorneys in the area said they tend not to file pornography charges for sexting, saying such charges are too harsh. Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell said he files misdemeanor obscenity charges instead.

Neither should be done. This is a parenting problem, not a legal problem.