Rice County Teenager Charged After Sending Explicit Selfie
An unnamed teenager is facing felony charges for sending an explicit selfie via Snapchat to a teenage boy.
According to the Faribault daily news and the ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union) she could face seven years in jail and 10 years on a sex offender registry. A class mate told the Faribault police department about the incident. The photo was apparently shared with out the sender's permission after the teenager sent it to the first recipient.
Because of the minor's age, the Rice County attorney's office is not commenting on the case.
An attorney for the defendant stated that this type of behavior is on the rise and brings into question the apparent vagueness of the 14th amendment. The Faribault daily news printed that The Cyberbullying Research Center surveyed 5,500 middle and high school students from across the United States. Their report showed 12 percent of students reported sending an explicit image of themselves to another person at some point in their lifetime. Other researchers have reported even higher rates.