Courts & Crime

Teen 'sex-texting' case spreads through Tacoma middle school

Police in Lacey, Wash., arrested two Chinook Middle School students Tuesday — a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl — for allegedly sending photo messages of a naked 14-year-old girl to classmates via a cell phone.

The students were arrested at Chinook on suspicion of dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

They were released from juvenile detention Wednesday after their hearings in Thurston County Juvenile Court.

Thurston County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rick Peters said that it is the first case involving alleged “sexting” to cross his desk. He said he plans to file charges against the pair today.

“Technically, they’re in possession of child pornography,” Peters said. “Based upon the ages of all the kids involved, it’s tragic.”

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