Deputy John Ashley breaks down the repercussions of sexting


Tommy Massa

If you look at any high school almost every student uses Snapchat or sends text messages, as this is a great way to communicate with friends, but this is also a very easy way for students to be sending sexually provocative pictures and messages.

Sexting is the act of sending and receiving these images messages that contain sexual content, the problem that high students run into is most of them are under 18.

“If you’re caught sending the wrong stuff, you could be in trouble with law enforcement,” Deputy John Ashley said. “This could include ending up on probation, jail time, house arrest, community service, as well as fines.”

High schools often have to deal with cases of minors sexting and recently Adams High School made headlines when 30 students were involved in a sexting scandal.

“I think Adams did a good job of handling the incident,” Deputy Ashley said. “They alerted law enforcement as soon as they were notified and took the appropriate actions.”

What would happen if this were to happen right here at Rochester? How would the school react, who would be involved and what would be done?

“I would treat it as any other case. I would gather all the people involved and try to stop the actions as fast as possible,” Deputy Ashley said. “If it came to being a criminal matter, I would then start the investigation and pass it on to our detectives.”

Sexting as it might seem to be a flirty way to communicate with someone, it has some serious consequences both legally and emotionally.

“I would just like to caution all students to be careful with ANYTHING they post, you never know where it could end up,” Deputy Ashley said.