High School Student Charged as Adult in Sexting Case

Teen avoids having to register as a sex offender in plea deal.
3:22 | 09/21/15

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The high school football star with nude photos on his phone, reaching a plea deal. Reporter: This morning, a star North Carolina high school quarterback making headlines, not for his place on the field. 17-year-old copeni in rks G placing a plea deal. For sexually exploiting a minor. Himself. Police discovered nude pictures of himself, 16 at the time, and his then 16-year-old girlfriend on his cell phone, while investigating unrelated claims at his school. When our investigators went through the phone, we saw there was photos of himself and another person. Reporter: Neither the boy nor his friend sharing the photos with anyone. They were charged with making and possessing images of their underage selves. Considering each the predator and the victim. The law says nobody can be in possession of explicit images of a minor. Reporter: The legal age of con sent for sex 16 in north Carolina. Earlier this month, the teen's lawyer fighting for the charges to be reduced. It's a scary thing that my life could have been thrown down the drain. Reporter: They've been ordered to do 30 hours of emergency service and not allowed to have a cell forephone for a year. The they come ply, their records will be wiped clean. Here's the head scratcher. This that state, they're old enough to have sex. But not old enough to take and keep the pictures. These prosecutors should be ashamd of themselves. What are we talking about here? They're being charged as adults. But being treated as my nors for the purpose of vak Tims. This is one of these cases where, the law is still on the books and could apply if you twisted it, the way the prosecutors did. But should noefr have been prosecuted. One of those cases where the prosecutors should have used discorrection to say -- Had they sent the photos elsewhere, in your mind, would that be different? Yes. If ? W Fall Collection. White House Black Market it was hot on the red carpet last night. Literally and fashionably.

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