I found out that my 14 year old nephew who resides with me has been sexting. His now ex girlfriend also a minor has posted it on the Internet and is circulating the image. What are the legal ramifications for both of them. We are going to have to report it to make her stop the cyber bullying and continued distribution.
I would check with local counsel prior to contacting the authorities. Each state has laws with regard to "sexting" and you will want to speak to a qualified attorney prior to making any admissions to the police.
It depends on what you mean by "sexting." It is not illegal for minors to send each other verbal (or text-based) messages with sexual content. However, if one of them has sent the other image files, then matters are very different. Both Oregon and Federal law treat the distribution or dissemination of child pornography - generally understood to be any sexually-explicit image of a minor child - as a felony. This charge can potentially even be made against the minor who took the photograph of themselves! Conviction of such a crime can result in decades in prison. I would urge you to, first of all, yes, have your nephew stop this practice immediately if that's what he is doing, but please consult with an attorney in private before "turning anyone in." The implications could be incredibly serious.
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