Indiana Court Rules Sexting Children Is illegal, But Having Sex With Them Is OK
Indiana high school teacher facing three years in prison
An Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that sexting children is illegal, but actually having sex with them is ok.
Indiana high school teacher Sameer Thakar is now facing three years in prison for sending nude images to a 16-year old girl after the Supreme Court ruled to reverse a lower courts decision to throw out the case.
According to recent documents, Thakar began texting the child in 2014 at the ages of 38, but after he found out the girl was underage, he began sending her images of his erect penis.
Despite the charges, Indiana laws say its legal for adults to have sex with 16 years olds, but its actually illegal to send sexually explicit photographs to someone under 18.
RT.com reports: The court originally threw out the charges, explaining it was “patently illogical” that a man could have sex with a teenager, but not send them images. The case was appealed and ended up in Indiana’s Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court found the charges should be upheld, despite the “inconsistent” law. It found no conflict between the two rules, as both can be complied with at the same time.
“With respect to a 16-year-old, consensual sexual activity in person is permitted, the dissemination of a sexually explicit photograph (consensually or otherwise) is not,” Justice Mark Massa wrote.
Massa said the court interprets the text of the law, and that it’s up to state lawmakers to sort out the inconsistency.
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