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Teen charged with felony after exchanging photos with girlfriend

Being charged with a felony is a scary situation whatever the circumstance. It is that much more frightening however when the person charged is a juvenile and he or she is being charged with committing a crime they did not even know was wrong. A North Carolina teenager is currently in this situation.

When he was 16 the teen allegedly sent photos considered "sexually explicit" to his girlfriend who was also 16. Though the action was willingly entered into by both parties, the now 17-year-old quarterback for his high school, is accused of violating a state law that states one must be 18 years old to either disseminate or receive videos, photos or texts that are sexually explicit.

Because the state considers someone as an adult at the age of 16, he has been charged as an adult. Specifically he has been charged with:

  • Two counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Three counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor 

Police found the images after asking the teen's mom if they could search the phone in connection with a different criminal investigation.

In addition to facing at least two years in jail per felony count, if he is found guilty of participating in the activity, he might also have to register as a sex offender. Among other things this could result in limitations on where he can live and work.

Most readers would likely agree that this situation does not seem fair. Working with a criminal defense lawyer is the best way to approach it.

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