USA Today is reporting that police have investigated more than two dozen teens in at least six states this year for sending nude images of themselves in cellphone text messages, which can bring a charge of distributing child pornography. Authorities typically are notified by parents or schools about so-called "sexting."
This week in Spotsylvania, Va., two boys, ages 15 and 18, were charged with solicitation and possession of child porn with intent to distribute after an investigation found they sought nude pictures from three juveniles — one in elementary school.
"It's absolutely becoming a bigger problem," says Michelle Collins of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Of the 2,100 children the center has identified as victims of online porn, she says, one-fourth initially sent the images themselves.