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Florida Police Claim Students Were Sexting in Class (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Two teens reportedly shared a nude photo of a photoshopped girl on their cell phones in class at West Port High School in Ocala, Florida, this week.

The two boys, ages 14 and 15, were cited by police per Florida's sexting statute and charged with a first offense, noted WKMG (video below).

Because this is a first offense, they were charged with a civil infraction.

According to the Ocala Police Department, one teen downloaded the nude picture from Instagram and shared it with the other teen using Kik Messenger, who then passed the image on to his cousin.

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The alleged incident was discovered by a school resource officer.

One of the boys was charged with possessing and distributing a nude photo, while the other boy was charged with distributing.

The girl in the nude picture claimed that the image had been altered with Photoshop.

A few years ago, the ACLU warned that sexting laws could be used against children in an effort to protect children from porn.

The ACLU of Ohio stated:

Under current law, a young person could be charged as a sex offender for disseminating their own picture. As a result, the victims may be the ones punished. In addition, these laws may be used against children who foolishly circulate pictures of their significant other.

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Sources: WKMG, ACLU of Ohio