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Oct 10, 2012

The Sext Files: ‘these people are not serious sex offenders’

Current sexting laws mean young people are winding up on the Sex Offenders Register who shouldn't be there, some legal experts have told a parliamentary inquiry. Swinburne University students Dimity Hawkins and Simeon Barut investigate as part of Crikey's series The Sext Files.

Victoria’s Sex Offenders’ Register is out of control because of a flood of sexting offenders being compulsorily added to the register, legal experts say.

“The register originally was set up to monitor serious threats to the community,” James Dowsley, co-chair for the criminal law committee at the Law Institute of Victoria, told Crikey. “Those resources are now being stretched to monitor thousands of people on the register that we say ought not be on it.”

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