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Virginia State Crime Commission addresses sexting laws

Many children and teenagers in Virginia have their own cell phones and a number of them have used these devices to send and receive inappropriate photos of themselves and other young people. The act of sexting, or sending sexually suggestive photos via picture message, is fairly widespread according to several studies. A 2014 study from Drexel University showed that more than 50 percent of undergraduate students surveyed sent sexually explicit text messages as minors.

Understanding the frequency and dangers of sexting

When charges are filed against juveniles who have committed crimes in Virginia, one that isn't often seen as a serious violation of the law or even a criminal act is sexting. A teenager might believe there's nothing wrong or illegal about sending explicit messages to his or her friends. However, the issue is increasingly prevalent and can lead to serious problems down the road. In some instances, it can lead to child pornography charges. Knowing the laws and ramifications of sexting can help juveniles avoid the problem altogether or assist in lodging a defense when charges are filed.

What happens when a child is accused of a crime?

When a child is accused of a crime, the child and their family may feel blindsided and unsure of what to do next. Being prepared for what lies ahead will help ensure a better outcome for the family and their child. The juvenile court process varies from state-to-state, but there are basic steps in the process that can be expected.

Juvenile crime is prevalent in Portsmouth

When a student is charged with a crime, school officials must determine whether the child will be allowed to return to school. School officials look at the student's privacy rights and weigh them against safety concerns. However, many students return to school with school officials who are unaware of the charges.

What to expect when a child is charged with a crime

Many young people who are charged with crimes are not aware of the juvenile justice system and the consequences that may lie ahead of them. Children and teenagers who have not reached the age of majority, which is 18 in Virginia and most other states, may be referred to juvenile court by police. Minors under 7 years of age cannot be tried in juvenile court, or any court. Their parents may be held liable in some cases. Youths from 7 to 18 can be taken to juvenile court. If the crime is considered serious by prosecutors, a person in this age group may be tried as an adult.

Virginia teen faces child pornography charges after 'sexting'

Teenagers don't tend to think about the consequences of their actions, and that lack of thought may come back to haunt them later on. One Virginia teen may be facing some long-term consequences after he was allegedly caught sexting in January with his 15-year-old girlfriend at the time. The 17-year-old is now facing two felony charges, manufacturing and distributing child pornography.

Juveniles face charges in sex-abuse case

Residents of Virginia know that when a minor facing a criminal charge is convicted, he or she may be impacted in several areas of his or her life. Juvenile crime can have a huge negative affect on a teen's future finances, career and reputation in the community. Two juveniles are now facing charges after allegations of sex abuse surfaced at their middle school. Juvenile petitions have been filed against the boys and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Virginia teen sexting ring investigation

One recent study showed that close to 30 percent of high school students have sent sexually explicit messages from their cell phones. The widespread use of smart phones and social media websites may play a part in the increase in sexting among teenagers. Sexting is currently a major concern for the state of Virginia. Recently, authorities began investigating a possible sexting ring involving more than 100 teenagers in the area.

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