Two Ponderosa High School students have been charged in El Dorado County with secretly making a video of one of the students and a third minor having sex. The tape was discovered by school officials. More details about the charges can be found here http://www.kcra.com/news/2-teens-arrested-after-sex-tape-found-at-ponderosa-hs/35936558 in my interview on KCRA Channel 3 News last night.
Minors can be required to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives pursuant to California Penal Code section 290. If the minors are sent to CYA [now called the Division of Juvenile Justice] as part of their sentence they will be required to register as long as they reside in the state of California. California criminal defense lawyers have long complained that there is no way for minors to remove themselves from the registry. Being required to register as a sex offender can prevent people from going to college, getting jobs, or joining the military. The impacts it can have on the rest of their lives can be devastating.
Sex offenses involving minors can be almost as serious as those involving adults. Many minors don’t realize the far reaching impacts their conduct can have on their futures. Parents need to talk with their teens about the criminal consequences of their actions.