“One thing that makes this case difficult is you don’t look like our usual criminals,” Harris said. But you created a situation that was just as dangerous as anyone who did that.” The judge meted out Rhoades’ sentence: 25 years in prison.“Often times for the court it is easy to tell when someone is dangerous. His crime: having sex without first disclosing he had HIV.Facebook's software focuses on conversations between members who have a loose relationship on the social network.For example, if two users aren't friends, only recently became friends, have no mutual friends, interact with each other very little, have a significant age difference, and/or are located far from each other, the tool pays particular attention.People with HIV have been sentenced to years or even decades in prison for having sex without telling their partners they’re infected, even when they practiced safe sex.Are these laws a deterrent to spreading the virus or could they actually fuel the epidemic?Lab results and a bottle of pills found in the Rhoades’ refrigerator confirmed the detectives’ suspicions: Nick Rhoades was HIV-positive.
However, although there have been some highly publicized cases, prosecution of minors for distribution of sexting photos has been relatively rare in the US.
Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity.
If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.
This means that if you pressure someone into taking a photo or you share a sexual photo with someone, you’re breaking the law.
The police have the power to decide whether it’s for the best to record what’s happened or to take things further.