Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of Alabama
The State of Alabama does not have a specific sexting statute. Teenagers caught sending or receiving explicit images of a minor, including images of themselves, could be prosecuted under the States child pornography laws, obscenity laws or material harmful to minor’s law. If convicted under Alabama law, an individual will generally need to register as a sex offender.
In general, the dissemination, possession or production of an image containing a minor engaged in a sexual activity would constitute a felony under the Alabama child pornography and obscenity statutes. Exceptions to the law for minors do not exist and as such two minors who send each other sexually explicit images of themselves could be prosecuted under the State’s child pornography and obscenity laws and if convicted, receive jail time and will generally need to register as a sex offender.
Law and Punishment
In general, under Alabama’s obscenity laws child pornography is defined as obscene material having an illustration of a child under the age of 17 engaged in sexual activity. It is illegal in Alabama to:
- Possess child pornography.
- Possess with intent to distribute.
- Production of child pornography.
- Knowingly allowing your child to participate in producing child pornography.
- Simple possession carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
- Everything else is subject to a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
In general, obscene material is something that the average person would find to be offensive, perverted and has no artistic value. Prosecutions under the obscenity laws could result in up to 20 years of jail time and up to $30,000 in fines.
Up to 20 years in jail.
Up to $30,000 in fines.
Register as a sex offender.
Latest News Concerning Sexting in Alabama
Atmore Advance | August 17, 2011
WAAY ABC 31 | June 1, 2011
WAFF | June 1, 2011
FOX Alabama | May 27, 2011
Gadsden Times | April 18, 2011
WAFF | April 8, 2011
WAFF | April 5, 2011
WAFF News | April 5, 2011
AL.com | March 10, 2011
Times-Journal | March 3, 2011
WAFF News | November 23, 2010
AL.com | September 18, 2010
AL.com | August 31, 2010
Textually.org | March 2, 2008
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