It Isn’t a Crime in Georgia to Text Image of a Tattooed Genital; Digital Condoms from Georgia Tech (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEOS)
By Vittorio Hernandez | February 26, 2014 11:20 AM EST
It is not a crime in Georgia to send via text message an image of a tattooed penis, the state's Supreme Court said in a landmark decision on Monday.
Pictogram tattoos of the disciplines of the decathlon are seen on the legs of Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus during his pole vault event of the men's decathlon in the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008.
In acquitting Charles Lee Warren who was accused by a married mother with young children of violating the 1970 state nudity law, the court ruled that the law did not include photos sent electronically via a mobile phone text message. The exclusion was obviously because cellphones were unheard of when the nudity law was crafted.
The law mandates that when sending unsolicited nude pictures by mail, there must be a proper warning on the outside of the envelope.
Along with the photo of his erect tattooed penis that Mr Warren sent in October 2012 to the unnamed woman was the message on the genital that read: "STRONG E nuf 4 A MAN BUT Made 4 A WOMAN."
Had Mr Warren been declared guilty, he faced a prison term of up to 3 years.
Georgia's General Assembly tried to pass a law in 2013 amending the 1970 nudity law to include images sent electronically, but the proposal failed.
While Mr Warren's tattoo on his genitals carries a direct message with reference to sex, another man wrote the word "muncio" on his penis in this video.
Meanwhile, still in the same state, two Georgia Tech PhD student created a device that sends short electric impulses on the underside of the condom to make wearing of the contraceptive device more pleasurable and encourage men to use them.
Called the Electric Eel, the prototype used a soft stimulating sleeve filled with electrodes. It is powered by a microcontroller connected to different sensors.
Firaz Peer and Andrew Quitmeyer from the school's Digital Media Program, the creators, assured men that the amount of electricity the electronic condom provides is very small based on their own personal trial of the device.
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