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Teen Sexting Increase
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Prattville say they've seen a significant increase in teen sexting investigations.
Sgt. Geary Graves works in computer forensics and told the Montgomery Advertiser his office launches a new investigation every other week into teens sending explicit photos of themselves using their phones.
Graves says the increase could be linked to parents becoming more aware and involved in their teens' cellphone use. He says parents have brought their children's phones in and the department has been able to extract photos of children as young as 15.
District Attorney Randall Houston says he's noticed an increase in teen sexting cases as well and most cases are tried in juvenile court. Houston says charges can include distribution or possession of pornography and sentences can vary in each case.