June 28, 2012
A 24-year-old teacher from Oxnard is facing charges for luring a minor in Ventura County Superior Court after allegedly “sexting” a minor who is a student at the school where she taught. The substitute teacher and the 17-year-old male student had exchanged inappropriate photos, according to The Ventura County Star.
The accused teacher was charged with communicating with a child with intent to commit improper sexual acts and child annoyance. “Sexting” is a term for sending sexually explicit or sexually related text messages via cell phones with the goal of enticing the recipient. According to The Los Angeles Times, police received a report concerning the inappropriate contact and responded to the school to investigate the matter. They eventually arrested the suspect in Westlake Village.
While the practice has only arisen within the past decade, there have been many issues and court cases surrounding sexting. Some court cases have involved texted photos of a minor being deemed as a child pornography crime, leading to prison sentences and changing laws in connection with the topic. When sexting, as in this case, involves an adult and a minor, sex crime charges can result.
Under California Penal Code Section 272, “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” occurs when a person encourages someone under the age of 18 to act in a way that is against the law. This is a misdemeanor crime and can be punished by a $2,500 fine, up to one year in county jail, or by both the fine and imprisonment. Under Section 272 (b), a subsection of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” luring a minor occurs when a stranger at least a person 21-years-old tries to have a minor who he or she knew or reasonably should have known was under the age of 14 leave his or her home, or a location known by the parent or guardian, without the consent of the parent or guardian with the intent to avoid consent.
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