Dr. Jeff Temple, a psychologist, wasn’t willing to say whether or
not sexting – the practice of sending a sexually-explicit text,
like a nude image – was “bad for minors,” as Michelle
Castillo reports for CBS News.
Temple was willing to say that sexting was a “reliable indicator”
of sexual behavior, and that sexting could cause legal problems.
Whether or not any individual sext leads to criminal charges really depends
on the circumstances. But it’s not unheard of. The law of sexting,
given the newness of the activity, is in a state of flux.
Generally, a sext could result in charges of child pornography, like possession,
as well as sexual exploitation of a minor. In the case of two minors in
a current or former relationship, the situation gets murky.
But as Castillo reports, the practice of sexting itself indicates that
the minors in the study were more likely to have had sex or engaged in
direct sexual activity, compared to minors who weren’t sexting.
Temple, however, doesn’t seem to believe that sexting actually leads
to direct sexual activity.
If you are facing criminal sexual charges, contact a
Baltimore criminal law lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.