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Sexting, Lies and ummmm....Weeners


By Shelley Fralic 14 Jun 2011

Reviewed by Attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini for Shaffer & Engle

And so it continues, the great American political pastime. That would be the betrayal of one's vows to wife and country by way of infidelity, and -- more recently -- by way of sexting.

Infidelity seems to be quite the hobby among the Washington powerful and, in recent years, craven cravings have crushed the careers of rising political stars like Gary Hart and John Edwards and Jim McGreevey and Mark Foley and Eliot Spitzer and, of course Arnold Schwarzenegger and his newly discovered love child, a growing roster of cads whose falls from grace have not only been spectacular but have kept the tabloid industry in the black.

But it's one thing to have an affair, the old-fashioned kind with surreptitious trysts in seedy hotels, and it's quite another to have the ethereal kind, sexting, and think it doesn't count.

The latest cheater to get caught with his pants down on the worldwide web is Anthony Weiner, the dashing 46-year-old Democratic congressman (pictured) who wants to be New York mayor but may have to settle for a spot on the Poughkeepsie town council.

Review by Attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini , Criminal Law Division Leader, Harrisburg, PA

The newest crime in PA, hot off the presses, is sexting. Sexting is an amendment to the Pa Crimes Code that took effect on April 24, 2011. Sexting by a minor is defined as "knowingly transmitting an electronic communication or disseminating a depiction of himself or herself or another minor, or possesses a depiction of another minor, engaging in sexually explicit conduct." It is punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

However, what could be more worrisome for an adult who engages in the activity with a minor, as Congressman Weiner may have done (may not be a crime in DC), may be charged with "Sexual Abuse of Children." This is a serious felony offense and may have Megan's Law consequences.

If you are facing serious sex crime charges, do not wait to contact an attorney. Contact one before you interview with the police. The experienced team at Attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini will talk to you for free.