This is a big problem. Don't discuss this with anyone except a criminal defense attorney who should speak on your behalf. P.S. I may be very out of touch, but I don't think adult females are attracted to inappropriate photos.
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It is not so much that sending an inappropriate photo was an incredibly bad idea, but that it is quite possibly illegal. I would be alert for some kind of shakedown or blackmail, but I agree with my colleague that you should contact a criminal defense attorney. You may then want to avoid using any electronic device until you grow some common sense. 10 - 12 years should do it, about what you might face in criminal charges.
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They will subpoena your online activities to investigate if it was intentional or not. If it was knowingly or reasonable obvious based on your online activities they have a case against you.
This is just my opinion and not a comprehensive answer. You assume the risk because this answer may not apply to your situation depending on the facts.
As everyone has said, you potentially have a serious problem. However, based on your narrative, I would not start biting my fingernails off just yet. The parents reported you to their "phone company" not the police. So far it is not a criminal matter. As a practical matter, I would print out and keep all message with the person you thought was an adult female (including text messages) in case you have to prove that it was an accident. i would also suggest finding a good criminal attorney just in case. And as everyone else noted, I would not talk about the incident with anyone.
Best of luck to you.
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You may be in trouble. It depends on what happened. The father hasn't gone to the police, maybe nothing will come of it. Maybe they are just messing with you. I would discontinue communication with the phone number and forget this happened (except that you will not do it again). Best of luck, if it hits the fan call for a free consult 559-268-1600.