Parents Call Cops on 13-Year-Old After Finding Naked Selfies on Her Phone

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It has to be incredibly difficult as a parent to discover your middle school-aged child sexting members of the opposite sex. When the heck did they stop playing tea party and start posing for naked selfies?

One Virginia couple was so horrified by what they found on their 13-year-old daughter's electronic devices that they called the cops on her for sexting. Well ... I suppose that's one way to deal with it.

The mom-of-two found multiple naked photos of her daughter after she was caught using her cellphone and tablet at 4 A.M. when her sibling heard giggling coming from her room. Her electronics were confiscated, examined, and found to contain several nudies of their daughter, along with a few received from boys she had sent hers to -- and at least one allegedly from a 17- or 18-year-old boy who said he wanted to have sex with her.

"Looking through the phone and the tablet we did find, sexual pictures, conversations, that were very inappropriate for her age," her mom said. "What scares me is ... this much bigger than we realize. How many others are doing this and you don't realize it." The saddest thing is that apparently the girl found some popularity by sending naked pics of herself to boys. "Everybody wanted to be her friend, because according to these people, she was cool now," confessed her mom.

These parents wanted to nip their daughter's naughty behavior in the bud, so they called the police on her. Unfortunately, she may now face criminal charges, but they believe they made the right decision. "We did this now to protect her. For now and in the future, because this could get worse, she could be taken," she said.

One Virginia attorney, Lisa Caruso, thinks there are better options for the teenager than going through the court system, but depending on the ages of the other teens involved, felony charges may be involved.

Again, it's got to be hard to find out that your young teen has been sexting, but it does seem like a bit much to go to the police over it -- especially when there was no evidence that any physical sexual acts took place.

Do you think the parents went overboard calling the cops on their daughter for sexting?


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Dolce... Dolcepsle

Way to overreact and ruin her life. Jesus, take her stuff and explain that it is a crime to possess even photos of herself. If it happens again, then call.

So, because they failed to instill self worth in their child, they decided to hurt her further. Counseling would have been a better option.

mayba... maybaby180

Dolcepsle the kid doesn't need counceling her parents just needed to tell her that what she was doing was wrong and from then on not allow her to use electronics until,she could properly use them again. A kid sending nudes has nothing to do with what she thinks her self worth is she was just being grown.

nonmember avatar Ally

When will people learn to stop talking to the police? What part of "anything you say can and will be used against you? You can't be charged with incest if you don't tell the police you did it. There's no law against kissing your sister. Stupid, stupid people.

nonmember avatar Jessica

We did this. It was almost the exact same scenario. We contacted our police department to help identify the other participants parents because we didn't know them but felt like their parents should know what their boys were doing. Yes. Charges could have been filed if we had chosen to. But we didn't! None of the parents did... Because we are not trying to ruin their lives!! The kids need to know that sexting in our state is considered distributing and receiving child pornography with no Romeo and Juliet clause and we believe that message was delivered strongest by a cop.

In addition she lost all electronics provaleges, grounded, therapy (for other issues as well) and lots and lots of talks on respect for yourself and the dangers of these photos spreading beyond the intended and the rest of that.

But, yeah, we called the cops too. It worked for us.

the4m... the4mutts

Im very on the fence about this. On one hand, their daughter could be placed on a sex offender list. On the other hand, a 17-18yr old boy sexting with a 13yr old IS a crime in America. They WOULD need the cops involved to get him taken care of. I mean, if he likes 13yr olds, who's to say 12 or 11 isn't too young for him?

I think this could have been prevented before it became a problem too. My son has a cell phone. He is 11. He has a crappy flip phone that he shares with his little sisters for emergencies and calling friends. It gets calls, and txts. I blocked the picture messaging and all internet access. He CAN'T send/ receive these kinds of things.

At 13, a kid is usually far too young to be responsible with that kind of technology.

nonmember avatar gsmomma

The4mutts I always enjoy reading your comments. I think I would call the cops BC of the 18 yr old. Also depends on now well developed the girl is. Some look like women and others little girls. If he thought she was legal then he's just gross not a criminal. Our town is small so I probably could've asked a police officer to come and out the fear of God into her to never do it again. And no cell phone for a while then only a cheap one that I hand over when she goes out. So hardly ever.

Mommy... MommyofMonster

Call the cops?  I wouldn't, but you bet she would be telling me who her conversation partners are, their parents would be called, that cell phone and tablet would be MINE NOW, there would be NO more social activity at all for her for quite some time, the conversation partners would be banned from my house forever,she's be told not to associate with them again, and she's be damn lucky if i didn't spank the FUCK out of her.

I would only be calling the cops if the conversation/picture partner was an adult (18+).  I don't think that children need to be handled by cops, but parents. 

Missy Copeland

Its possession and distribution of child pornography. I agree calling the police was a bit too much. But taking away her electronics and telling her about the reality of what she's doing would have been more effective and less life ruining.

Snapp... SnappleQueen

Calling the police was excessive. The family will probably regret this decision.

nonmember avatar ella funt

She should tell the cops that HER FATHER suggested she send nudies of herself on her phone.------THEN, I'd bet her parents would NEVER call the cops again.

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