Sheriff’s Office Responds to Sexting Problem
Authorities say sexting — the sharing of explicit sexual images and videos — is spreading to younger and younger kids, even middle schoolers. One report says, without a specific legal protection for younger kids, law enforcement and prosecutors are left to decide how to separate digital-age youths who make bad decisions from more serious offenders. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matthew Wade says reports of sexting amongst youth in our region is increasing in the sheriff’s office. Authorities add not only is sexting with a minor illegal, but sexually-charged online chatting also creates an online visual and criminal record that can never be expunged, and which can follow your child through college, through work, through marriage and through life.