Apr 18 2013, 6:55pm GMTDT
Three Virginia teens face child porn charges in “sexting” trial
"Case involves three teens who allegedly non-consensually filmed sex acts.
On Thursday, three northern Virginia teen boys will head to trial to face child pornography charges stemming from sexting-style videos made on their cellphones. If found guilty, each faces up to 20 years in prison and the sex offender label.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s attorney Ray Morrogh told the Washington Post that there needs to be a balance in these situations between labeling teens with sex charges and considering the impact on victims of the distributed image.
“We try to resolve these cases wherever possible without going to the courts,” Morrogh said. “At the juvenile level, the goal is to rehabilitate the child.”
This case appears to be particularly egregious, though. The teens allegedly surreptitiously filmed themselves in sex acts with at least six teenage girls across 10 videos shot in December 2011."
New West Virginia law pairs youth sexting ban with education efforts, diversion