Gendered Sentencing in Teen Texting Case

May 12, 2009

Two Ohio teens–both 15–were sentenced yesterday “for their role in nude photos of minors found on a cell phone.”

According to this judge’s definition of Ohio Chapter 2907 (sex offenses), two teens exchanging nude photos–either of themselves or other teens–constitutes delivering, disseminating, providing or presenting

to a juvenile, a group of juveniles, a law enforcement officer posing as a juvenile, or a group of law enforcement officers posing as juveniles any material or performance that is obscene or harmful to juveniles

We can quibble about that later, but here’s what I find really interesting: the boy and girl involved in this case received different sentences.

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