by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The lawyers in the Attorney General's Family Violence and Sex Crimes unit have seen an increase in cyberbullying and sexting locally. Today they testified in support of Bill 436, which would create a diversionary program for first-time juvenile offenders.
Sexting includes the posting of sexual images online or via mobile phones. Assistant AG Basil O'Mallan says the law would ensure that minors are not charged as adults for the first offense and more education is given to minors. "The beauty of this law is going to give kids who do something really stupid (that normally would be considered a criminal offense); it gives them a second chance after a very solid educational program, which the diversion program will provide. So I full support the bullying/cyberbullying and sexting provisions."
The legislation would also require wireless providers to provide brochures educating teens about the consequences of sexting.