Florida Teen Phillip Alpert Arrested in Sexting Case
Sexting is back in the news. Previously, a group of New Jersey teens was spared sex-offense prosecution, but this latest case is a different story: in Florida, an 18-year-old boy who had a fight with his girlfriend (who is under 18) sent some nude photos of her to his friends... and to her family.
Phillip Alpert was arrested and charged for "distributing child pornography".
While it's unlikely he sent the images with the intent for subsequent distribution, it's obvious that, once out in the wild, digital images have a way of replicating... and replicating... and replicating. Also, while this wasn't a physical attack, the young man was indeed weaponizing sexuality.
The high school sweethearts had been dating for almost 2½ years. "It was a stupid thing I did because I was upset and tired and it was the middle of the night and I was an immature kid," says Alpert.
Orlando, Florida, police didn't see it that way. Alpert was arrested and charged with sending child pornography, a felony to which he pleaded no contest but was later convicted. He was sentenced to five years probation and required by Florida law to register as a sex offender.