The State Crime Commission is wrestling with how to craft balanced legislation that addresses the growing problem of underage teens who take sexually explicit images of themselves and send them to others.
The members’ concern is heightened by some widely published cases—including a Louisa County “sexting” ring involving 100 teens and 1,000 images of minors posted on Instagram.
But they’re also concerned that the penalties in existing laws designed for adult child predators may be too steep for teens.
It’s a sign of the times that Virginia lawmakers may soon consider a bill to ban what’s popularly known as “revenge porn” – the posting of naked pictures by an ex-lover online.
Albemarle County Prosecutor Denise Lunsford is a powerful woman, and when a former boyfriend posted nude pictures of her on Twitter, she went to court. The pictures came down, but there was no legal penalty. Now, Delegate Marcus Simon is stepping up to change that. He sees revenge porn as a kind of assault and says Lunsford is not alone.
The Virginia Attorney General’s office is warning consumers that scams to entice people as they seek to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are cropping up around the U.S.
It was also Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, who was the first to challenge the Affordable Care in Act in Federal Court. He maintains the law is unconstitutional.