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Ask HPD: Sexting


Question: My teenage daughter recently sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend, who then posted the photo on social media. What advice can you give to parents and teens?

Answer: “Sexting” is when an individual shares a nude photo of him or herself via cell phone or online. This type of activity can have severe consequences for the parties involved. Sending and/or receiving sexually-explicit images of people under the age of 18 is illegal and a felony offense. Sex offender and child abuse charges may apply. You could face charges of production, distribution, and/or possession of child pornography.

Never take nude or semi-nude photos or videos of yourself. Although photos and videos can be sent privately, they can be easily shared with others. We encourage parents to talk to their teens about “sexting” and to monitor their phone and online activity.

§707-750 Promoting child abuse in the first degree - Class A Felony. Maximum of 20 years in prison.

§707-751 Promoting child abuse in the second degree - Class B Felony. Maximum of 10 years in prison.

§707-752 Promoting child abuse in the third degree - Class C Felony. Maximum of 5 years in prison.

§712-1215.5 Promoting minor-produced sexual images in the first degree - Misdemeanor. Maximum of 1 year in jail.

§712-1215.6 Promoting minor-produced sexual images in the second degree - Petty Misdemeanor. Maximum of 30 days in jail.

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