2 Teens Charged Under New Sexting Law After Mom Finds Photo On Phone, Calls Police
“A 13-year-old girl took a photo; she was naked from the waist up, took a picture of herself and sent it to a 14-year-old boy at his request,” said Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana, of Greensburg Police.
The boy deleted the photo and did not forward it to friends. It was the girl’s mother who later found the photo on her phone and called police.
“Under the new law that just went into effect on Christmas Eve, that is a summary offense,” said Detective Sgt. Fontana.
The new law creates a tiered system for adjudicating sexting cases that differentiates between those who make bad decisions and those who have bad intentions.
Under the new law, minors over the age of 12 charged for the first time will get a summary citation. A second offense will result in a misdemeanor charge.
Felony child pornography laws remain on the books and could still apply if the photos are distributed with malicious intent.