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Teen Sexting Could Mean Legal Trouble

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Two teens were caught swapping naked photos over the weekend.

The boy has been charged with unlawful communication even though the pictures were never distributed.

Sexting has become the norm in high schools.

"It's so easy to do you don't have to have a cell phone to do it you can do it online. It's so easy to sext and not get caught," said one student.

While many teens are concerned with being embarrassed in front of their classmates, they don't realize they could actually be breaking the law.

There is a difference between the age of sexual consent in a state and the age that nude photos can be taken. In both North and South Carolina, the age of consent is 16. However, teens are considered minors until they reach 18.

So, they can be committing crimes by taking pictures of themselves and distributing it.

In the case of the Rock Hill teens, only the male was charged because his face appeared in the photos. The female was not charged because the nude photos did not show her face.

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