SAINT LOUIS, Mo (KMOX) – Sexting could result in bigger consequences than you think. It includes any delivery of explicit pictures of information through electronic devices.
Madison County State’s Attorney, Tom Gibbons, has been making rounds to local schools to warn students of the dangers of sexting.
“What a lot of young people aren’t aware of is the fact that, if you take a photograph of a minor, in any state of undress, you are creating child pornography,” says Gibbons.
A student could be charged under Illinois statutes. Gibbons is also letting school districts know that the Illinois school code provides for an internet safety education curriculum
“The stuff proliferates so quickly, you get it out on the interest, it’s out there forever…the damage is eternal,” says Greenwald. “We want to make sure that young people understand, don’t take that first step, don’t take that picture, don’t forward a picture, don’t send a picture.”
This week Gibbons visited Collinsville Middle School where he explained the criminal statutes and penalties.