According to Fox 28, Columbus Police said they’re seeing an uptick in the number of cases involving apps like Instagram, which lets users send images in an instant.
Police said many times users will snap nude or partially nude photos then send them to what they think will be one set of eyes. But often, they said those images end up in the wrong hands and appear in places they were never intended to be posted.
Detectives said if a minor takes a nude phone then sends that out, they can also face charges for sending inappropriate material via cyberspace.
Lt. Mark Gardner of the Columbus Division of Police said his department is looking into several cases where racy photos have come back to haunt those who initially snapped them.
He recommended that parents keep a close eye on who their minors are sending photos to via social apps and to report any suspicious activity to local authorities.
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