This week, we have been talking about a disturbing new trend among teenagers. It is called sexting, the act of sending nude or partially nude pictures or videos via cell phone. Right now, law enforcement is dealing with several sexting cases in New Hanover and Pender counties. If teens get caught with these nude pictures, the charges can be devastating. They could face child pornography charges, a felony, and possibly have to register as a sex offender. These cell phone photos are generally meant for a boyfriend or girlfriend, but if they get out, they can lead to public humiliation. Cincinatti teen, Jesse Logan, committed suicide after a nude photo of her leaked out. She was tormented by her classmates, and ended up hanging herself. Law enforcement officers and school officials are being proactive in New Hanover and Pender County schools by teaching kids about the severe consequences they could face if they get caught sending these nude photographs, but the responsibility for educating these kids about sexting starts at home. "Parents should be police officers in their own home,” said district attorney Ben David. “Know what's going on in the life of their children and know that the fourth amendment which keeps people free from unreasonable searches and seizures does not apply to parents looking into what's going on in their children's lives."
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