2 Pa. teens cited for sexting under tiered law

January 3, 2013 9:13:59 AM PST
Police and a prosecutor say giving two western Pennsylvania teens citations for sharing a racy cellphone photo - instead of charging them with a felony - shows the state's new tiered law for sexting is working.

Greensburg police and Westmoreland County John Peck tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Greensburg Salem Middle School students - a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy - face only a summary offense for a topless photo the girl sent the boy in October.

Before Gov. Tom Corbett signed the new law in October, such conduct would have been a felony. But the new law allows a lesser charge for juveniles who send such images with no intent to harass another or to distribute the image.

Peck says, "These are situations where kids are being immature and foolish."


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review