2 middle school students face charges under new sexting law


WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - Police and a prosecutor said giving two Westmoreland County 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 told Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE 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.

Authorities said the boy deleted the photo and didn’t show anyone else. He would have faced more serious charges if he had sent the photo to others.

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