'Megan's Law' Mom Criticizes 'Sexting' Charges The mother of Megan Kanka, the New Jersey girl whose death inspired Megan's Law, is criticizing prosecutors who charge teenagers for distributing nude photos of themselves. A 14-year-old girl charged in Passaic County, N.J., needs help, not legal trouble, Maureen Kanka says.
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'Megan's Law' Mom Criticizes 'Sexting' Charges

The mother of the New Jersey girl whose death inspired Megan's Law is criticizing prosecutors who charge teenagers for distributing nude photos of themselves.

Maureen Kanka said Thursday that the prosecutors are harming the children more than helping them.

Her comments came as authorities in Passaic County, N.J., charged a 14-year-old girl with possession and distribution of child pornography for posting nude photos of herself on MySpace.com.

If the girl is convicted, she would have to register with the state as a sex offender under Megan's Law.

The laws generally require governments to alert neighbors of convicted sexual predators in their midst.

Kanka says the girl needs help, not legal trouble.