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Shedding Light on Sexting Laws

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Lynchburg, VA - You may be surprised how many of our teenagers could be sexting. A recent study shows nearly one in four have taken nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves.

In Virginia, they could face some tough penalties because underage sexting is the same as child pornography.

Let's say your teenager takes a dirty picture of themselves and shows it to friends, they can be charged with three separate felonies: production of child pornography, possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Some states have a separate charge for sexting but not in the Commonwealth. Consequences include jail time and having to register as a sex offender.

Lynchburg defense attorneys say when it comes to sexting, the law in Virginia needs to catch up with technology.

Instead of child porn charges, some prosecutors will reduce it to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Many other cases never even make it to court.

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