Podcast: "Sexting" could lead to teen prosecutions
Taking a nude or semi-nude picture of a minor could be considered child porn, even if the kid took it him or herself.
It's called "sexting" when someone takes a nude, partially nude or sexually provocative photo and sends it to someone, typically by cell phone. Some consider it a new type of flirting but if the picture involves a minor, it could be a state or federal offense even if the young person is the one taking and sending the picture.
In many circumstances, such pictures are considered to be child pornography according to Catholic University Law Professor Mary Leary. Though most prosecutors find another way to deal with these youthful indiscretions, some have pressed charges and won convictions.