Police warn: 'Sexting' teens could face prosecution

Police are warning teenagers of the dangers of sharing intimate pictures over text or online, as they could face prosecution for sharing indecent images of children.

In a letter sent to schools across Nottinghamshire, the national sexual exploitation investigation unit said officers were receiving reports on a daily basis of naked images being sent between teens.

Police are warning about the dangers of sexting for teenagers. Credit: PA Wire

In one recent case cited in the letter, a teenage girl who sent a topless picture of herself to her boyfriend was investigated for sharing an indecent image of a child. The girl's boyfriend, who forwarded the image to friends after they split up, is reported to have received a caution.

In the letter sent to school officials, Detective Inspector Martin Hillier said:

If a person is aged over 10 years and distributes (shares - even to friends) an indecent image then they can be arrested, charged and dealt with for this offence.

If they are found guilty they must then register as a sex offender.

– Detective Inspector Martin Hillier