Sexting Law and Legal Definition

Sexting refers to an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones. The word is derived from the combination of two terms sex and texting. Sexting is a punishable offence in the U.S A teenager texting sexually explicit photographs of themselves, or of their friends or partners, can be charged with distribution of child pornography and those who receive the images can been charged with possession of child pornography. The term was defined by the court in United States v. Broxmeyer, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 16032 (2d Cir. 2010) as the exchange of sexually explicit text messages, including photographs, via cell phone.