Sexting is now officially a punishable offence - ie taking a photograph of yourself or somebody else nude and sending it to somebody else is criminal. And eight students, ranging in age from 13 to 17, have learned this the hard way.'
Perry County District Attorney Charles Chenot, who has prosecuted two sexting cases involving a total of 10 minors in the past year, said that he considers sexting a form of child pornography and wants kids to understand once those images are in someone else's hands they could wind up anywhere, even the Internet, possibly forever.
The teens at Susquenita High School, 15 miles outside of Harrisburg, Pa., who all knew each other, were accused last fall of using their cell phones to take, send, or receive nude photos of each other and in one case a short video of oral sex. That resulted in a felony pornography charge for each minor.
"That was the only charge that really fits what they were doing. What would have been the best thing to charge would be something that would have been a little less severe but would still draw these teenagers' attention to the wrongness of their acts," CBS News quoted Chenot as saying.