Prosecutors said McCraw, who made his first court appearance this week, met underage boys online and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the boys over the course of months, asking them to send him sexually explicit images online. He later met the boys in person and engaged in sex acts with them, which he filmed, prosecutors said
Most states consider sexually explicit images of minors to be child pornography, meaning even teenagers who share nude selfies among themselves can, in theory at least, be hit with felony charges that can carry heavy prison sentences and require lifetime registration as a sex offender. Many authorities consider that overkill, however, and at least 20 states have adopted sexting laws with less-serious penalties, mostly within the past five years.
A Colorado House committee put off a decision on the bill Tuesday. Willett said he would amend his proposal to make teen sexting a petty crime, punishable by up to six months.
“You see the mess we’re in, you know? So we have to watch out for the mental health needs of our children, yet we’ve kind of got a structure whereby they would be nuts to come and talk to us about it,” Welsh said.