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He said of applying the same measures across the country: "You're talking about millions of kids being charged with child pornography." Temple's studies found that 28% of teens were using mobiles to send naked pictures to others.
Psychologist Michelle Drouin of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has also studied sexting.
The charges were second-degree exploitation for taking the image and third-degree exploitation for having the photo in her possession.
Although a conviction would mean life on the sex offenders register and jail time, she has negotiated a plea bargain which should see her record cleared next year, according to the Fayetteville Observer.
The plea included admitting to 'disseminating harmful material to minors'.
Her punishment was to pay £130 in court costs, take a class on decision-making, not to use illegal drugs or alcohol, not possess a cellular phone for the duration of her probation and to do 30 hours of community service. Psychologist Jeff Temple of the University of Texas Medical Branch has been researching the ramifications of criminalising teens for sexting selfies.
She was charged with two felony sex crimes against herself - listed as both the underage victim and the adult perpetrator of the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor.She said: "It's becoming a way that people are initiating sexual contact with one another."One thing I definitely would say is that sexting has become so intertwined with budding sexuality that I think these are exactly the people who are going to be sending these pictures" Although the images being sent were illegal, sexual intercourse between the teens was not.However, that does not mean that adults can freely engage in sexting.
Teenagers who are 'sexting' each other with intimate selfies may be liable to face adult sex charges.The legal precedent has been set in the US following the case of a 16-year-old girl.