Court: D.A. can't bring "sexting" charges

Court of Appeals says 16-year-old can't be prosecuted after sending topless picture of herself

Published March 17, 2010 6:37PM (EDT)

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennsylvania prosecutor may not pursue felony charges against a teenage girl in a "sexting" case.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a criminal case involving the pervasive problem in which teens exchange sexually explicit photos and e-mails on their cell phones.

The case involved a photo showing a topless 16-year-old stepping out of the shower. A district attorney in northeastern Pennsylvania had threatened the teen with prosecution unless she attended an education class. She refused.

The appeals court says the Wyoming County district attorney may not retaliate by bringing criminal charges against the teen.

By Associated Press

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