KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – After seeing a rise in sexting crimes, a local law enforcement agency is trying to send a message. Hoping to keep teens and parents out of the justice system.
If a minor sends a nude photo of themselves to another minor, both of them could face felony charges.
Officer Carla Sacher with the Kettering Police Department says she decided to let people know the law before they end up in court. She was surprised to learn many don’t know of the consequences.
Four years Sacher says she felt the need to create an internet safety program. Many times she says parents are shocked to learn of the sexting crimes and the punishment that comes with it.
In some cases, the people receiving the sexts could be labeled as sex offenders, even if they’re teenagers and/or boyfriend and girlfriend.
Officer Sacher visits Kettering City Schools and talks about internet and cellphone safety a couple times a year. She suggests parents be pro-active and know what apps their kids are using. She wants to give those under the age of 18 a fair warning before they stain their future.
“I felt the need to do it because I felt like kids really didn’t have a clue and they needed to be informed. I thought that was only fair. I didn’t want to constantly be telling them when they did it” said officer Sacher.
Sacher says they have the technology to perform phone forensics and track data even if you delete it from your phone. If you’re a minor and get a sext, tell an adult.
To get in touch with Sacher, contact the Kettering Police Department at (937) 296-2555.