A couple of high school sweethearts could soon find themselves listed as registered sex offenders if they send each other nude or sexually explicit photos. The term is sexting, and it’s been brought to the forefront due to an ongoing investigation involving some students at Archbold High School.
The Toledo Blade reports that since October, an investigation has been underway which involves Archbold Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Crimes Against Children Unit.
Authorities have yet to file any official charges, but they say they have found a lot of evidence. Now, officials say that anyone there who is found to have illicit images on their phones, including students, could face felony charges for that, even if it is something between a boyfriend and a girlfriend and it’s consensual.
If a student is convicted of a sexually-related crime and is under 17, the juvenile court judge would have discretion on whether or not the student should register as a sex offender. If that student is already 17 or older, they are required to register for anywhere from 10 years to life.