Two teens in Naugatuck were recently arrested for allegedly texting nude photos to one another.
Teenagers are texting constantly and for most kids with cell phones, it’s how they communicate with one another. But, late last week, two young teens in Naugatuck were arrested after allegedly sending each other nude photos.
The sextexting might have been consensual, but it’s still a class a misdemeanor. That’s because according to the state law, if you're between the ages of 13 and 16 years old - as is the case there – you send and receive inappropriate pictures, the charge is possession of child pornography by a minor.
"The problem comes you're dealing with 13-16 year olds. So anything that's pornographic, perceived as pornographic, becomes child pornography,” Naugatuck Police Lt. Bryan Cammarata said.
Naugatuck Police told Eyewitness News a parent of one of the two teens involved, brought the sexting to their attention.
Parents that with Eyewitness News said it’s troubling that kids are sextexting but, they said they don't know if having them arrested is the answer.
"Kids to kids, they're going to send stuff, you'll never see,” Mike Attruia, of Naugatuck, said. “If it was adults they were sending it to, we'd have issues. But we're never going to be able to stop what kids send to each other."
"If they're the same age and they're both doing it? I don't know, it’s hard,” Mary Martin, of Naugatuck, said. “I don't think they should be doing it, but arresting them might be too much."
Police said parents need to keep tabs on to whom and what their kids are texting.
"We all have kids that we give smart phones to,” Cammarata said. “They can be a good device, but they can also do a lot of harm. You want to make sure you know what they're doing with those devices, check them and let the kids know you are going to be checking them."
For the kids, police said parents need to make it clear that there could be consequences because once that picture is out there, you don't have any control over it.
"That could be photos that could be words, anything. Think about what you're sending out before you send it,” Cammarata said. “Basically if it’s something you know your parents would not want to see, don't send it out."
Both teens were released to their mothers and have a date at juvenile court later this month.
For more information on Connecticut sexting laws, click here.
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