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State of Washington v. E.G.

E.G. was 17 years old when he sent a sexually explicit photo of himself via text message to an adult woman whom he knew. E.G. was convicted under Washington’s child pornography statute.

Juvenile Law Center and American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed an amicus brief on behalf of E.G. We argued that applying Washington’s child pornography statute and the harsh consequences of sex offender registration to juveniles for sexting is contrary to common sense, the legislative intent of protecting juveniles from child predators, and the rehabilitative purposes of the juvenile justice system. 

The Washington Court of Appeals held Washington’s child pornography statute constitutional as applied to a minor who texted a sexually explicit image of himself to an adult “in a campaign of anonymous harassment,”  but encouraged the legislature to act, in accordance with Amici’s arguments, to prevent the criminalization of the “innocent sharing of sexual images between teenagers.”

E.G. filed a Petition for Review in the Washington Supreme Court, which was granted. Juvenile Law Center and American Civil Liberties Union of Washington joined with Columbia Legal Services and TeamChild in an amicus brief in support of E.G. We argued that the lower court’s interpretation of Washington’s child pornography statute is contrary to legislative intent and implicates significant concerns under the United States and Washington State Constitutions.

Details

Case Number
32354-4-III; 93609-9
Type
Amicus Curiae
Date
November 30, 2015
Court
Washington Court of Appeals, Division Three; Washington Supreme Court
State of Origin
Washington

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