Sexting schoolboy’s naked selfie recorded as crime by police

The BBC is reporting that a boy who sent a naked photograph of himself to a girl at school has had the crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him by police.

The boy, aged 14, who was not arrested or charged, could have his name stored on a police database for 10 years.

The information could also be disclosed to future employers, his mother said.

Police said three children were named in a crime report, but it was not in the public interest to prosecute.

The Criminal Bar Association said the case highlighted the dangers of needlessly criminalising children.

The schoolboy, who lives in the north of England, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme he took the naked photo of himself in his own bedroom.

He then sent it to a girl from his school using Snapchat – an app which deletes direct messages within 10 seconds. 

However, before the image disappeared, the girl saved it on her own phone and it was then sent to other pupils at the school. 

The matter was brought to the attention of a police officer based at the school and it has now been officially recorded as a crime…

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Should this be a serious warning to all children about the dangers of sexting or is it a ridiculous over-reaction by the police?

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  1. TW

    It was the girl who shared it with others.  Why only action against the boy and not her?  If she were 18 it would be the criminal offence of revenge porn.

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