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Sharing a teen sext depicting another person is a misdemeanor of the third degree, punishable by up to one year in jail and no more than ,500 in fines.
Powell's preliminary court hearing is scheduled for November 20.
Powell's devastated girlfriend of 13 years, Annie Clawson, told WPXI she was shocked regarding the allegations.
'I'm just going to do the best that I can to get through this,' Clawson, who has two teenage daughters, said.
It is a misdemeanor of the second degree (punishable by up to two years' incarceration and no more than $5,000 in fines) for a teen to share a sext of another teen without permission and in order to harass the child depicted.
Under the teen sexting law, any cell phone or electronic communication device involved can be forfeited (taken by the state without compensation to the owner). § § 9795.1, 9795.2, 9799.11, 9799.14, 9799.15.) Teen sexting has other consequences, even if no criminal charges are filed.
The Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today (PROTECT) Act of 2003 makes it illegal to produce, distribute, receive, or possess with intent to distribute any obscene visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Parents who allow this behavior can also be prosecuted. After the families sued, a federal court found that the proposed diversion program violated the girls’ and their parent’s constitutional rights and granted a restraining order to stop the prosecutor from pressing charges against the girls. Teens who possess images of other teens or who share images of themselves can be convicted of summary offenses.