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Two Hernando High School students accused of 'sexting'

BROOKSVILLE — Two Hernando High School students, one male and one female, were arrested Thursday after the girl reportedly texted a picture of her naked breast to the boy.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's arrest report, the 15-year-old boy told a school resource officer that last December, he had received the photo from the 15-year-old girl, in her underwear before a mirror and holding her left breast with a phone in her other hand.

Neither student is being identified because they are juveniles.

The boy told the school resource office that he forwarded the photo to another student on May 27 and that he was afraid to go to school after hearing that another student was threatening to harm him for having a picture of the girl on his phone.

Authorities said the boy's mother also brought in a flash drive containing the photo.

Hernando High School principal Ken Pritz said he had knowledge of the arrests, which occurred at the school, but otherwise declined to comment.

"It was not a Hernando High School incident," he said.

Both the boy and the girl were arrested on charges of the transmission of pornography by electronic equipment.

It was unclear late Thursday whether this was the first arrest of its kind in Hernando County for the act commonly known as "sexting.''

A law passed during the recent legislative session decriminalizes sending sexually explicit text messages, photos or videos via cell phone or other devices by minors. The new law awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Scott.

Melvin Backman can be reached mbackman@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.

Two Hernando High School students accused of 'sexting' 06/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 9:42am]
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