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Revenge porn: beware of the photos you take and send

Communication with people across the world can be a great thing, but legal experts in Texas say this also contributes to a growing crime: revenge porn.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With access to social media and text messages anywhere, anytime, once something is shared, it may never go away. 

Communication with people across the world can be a great thing, but legal experts in Texas say this also contributes to a growing crime: revenge porn.

In this College Station case, the two women who were arrested after posting photos of a victim after an argument could be a local case of "revenge porn".

Texas law passed in 2015 makes it a misdemeanor to distribute sexually-explicit images of someone without their consent. You could be punished with up to a year in jail and receive a four thousand dollar fine.

But, the women in the local case ended up being charged with a felony because the photos were 10 years old, taken when the victim was 16.

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The case is different when the photos or videos contain a minor. When a minor is involved, consequences can lead to felony charges of child pornography, and one may have to register as a sex offender for life.

With the ever presence of social media and phones, this topic is an important one parents can talk to their teens about, think before hitting send.

As demonstrated in this case, it's not just teenagers. Photos and images can come back to haunt you.


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