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6 Iowa Teens Face Charges in Sexting Case

Posted at: 11/20/2012 2:10 PM

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - Six northeast Iowa teenagers have been charged with misdemeanors stemming from distribution of an obscene photo taken by a fellow student.

The case began with a teen girl taking her own picture with a cellphone and sending it to a teenage boy at Independence Junior/Senior High School in Independence. He forwarded it to several friends, who sent it on to several others.

Buchanan County Attorney Shawn Harden says a student who received the forwarded photo reported it to his parents, who then contacted the school. The school reported it to law enforcement officials.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/QrSDQz) the six students were arrested last week and soon released to their parents.

Iowa law bars using a phone to send obscene material to a minor.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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