A high school student in North Carolina who was caught sexting with his teen girlfriend faces multiple felony charges for disseminating sexually explicit photos of minors -- even though those photos were of themselves.
Both Cormega Copening and his girlfriend Brianna Denson were 16 at the time the alleged crime took place.
Under North Carolina law, a 16-year-old is charged as an adult. And one has to be over 18 to be able to send or receive sexually explicit texts, photos or videos.
If convicted, Copening could face up to 10 years in prison. His girlfriend, Brianna Denson, took a plea deal.
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William Weinberg, an Irvine-based attorney specializing in criminal and juvenile defense. One of his areas of expertise is sexting between minors
Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (that advocates on behalf of victims of nonconsensual porn); Her research and teaching interests include cyberlaw and privacy