GARDEN CITY, Kan. – A southwest Kansas county attorney says high school students who texted nude photographs of an underage girl will not be heading to court.
Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier tells KWCH-TV she will recommend the students enter a deferral program instead of charging the teenagers. She says about 40 students were involved and that they didn’t realize the life-long implications of their actions.
Garden City High School officials notified police in January that a teenage student reported her peers were passing around nude pictures taken of her when she was 13 years old.
Authorities had considered charges including sexual exploitation of a child.
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Prosecutors will instead hold a public forum in the coming weeks to talk about the consequences of sexting.