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Albemarle Police, Prosecutors to Host Forum on "Sexting"

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Albemarle County Police are cracking down on a teenage trend – “sexting.” It is a growing issue for the school system within recent weeks - and now, both schools and law enforcement are saying enough is enough.

Albemarle police have investigated seven cases of student sexting in the past seven weeks. Both police and the school system make it very clear that this isn't innocent flirting and that sharing intimate photos involves serious consequences. Now, they want to educate students and their parents about the dangers of sexting.

Monday night, Albemarle County police, the school division, and the commonwealth's attorney office are hosting a community forum called "Sexting 411."

This event will not only explain to parents what sexting is, but it will also deal with a number of legal consequences associated with it. Police say students need to think about the nature of technology and realize just because you delete something, that doesn't mean it's gone.

"A lot of these cases, they think they are sending it to a girlfriend or a boyfriend, it's the third party that becomes involved and starts sending it like a chain mail out to other students in the school and that's where we start having an issue,” said Major Ron Lantz, deputy chief of police for Albemarle County.

Lantz says the criminal act happens when people get a copy of it and forward it on because that can be considered child pornography.

The forum on the dangers of sexting starts at 7 p.m. at Monticello High school.

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