Davis County seeing influx of 'sexting' crimes

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A Davis County juvenile court attorney says he is seeing at least one case a week involving teenagers who send or ask for nude photographs via text message.

Deputy Davis County Attorney Ryan Perkins says most of the teens don't have a good understanding of what they're doing. Teens can be charged with a class B misdemeanor in juvenile court for sending explicit photographs.

Perkins says the majority of his cases are girls being charged with having or sending pornographic images on their cell phones. He says teenage boys are requesting it and the girls are sending it as a way to get attention.

Syracuse Police Sgt. Heath Rogers says parents need to take charge and look at what their teens are doing with their cell phones.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

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