DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (PIX11/WTVR) – A mother in Virginia was so horrified at what she saw on her daughter’s tablet, she turned her 13-year-old in to authorities.
The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of her family, told PIX11 News sister station WTVR that she found nude photos of her daughter and other boys on the girl’s electronics.
“What scares me is, this is much bigger than we realize. How many others are doing this and you don’t realize it?” asked the Dinwiddie County mother of two.
She found the images after her other child heard voices in the girl’s bedroom about 4 a.m. She saw what her daughter was doing and confiscated her electronics.
None of the images showed their daughter with anyone else, but there were photos sent back and forth between the teen and boys. Her parents think the boys exchanging explicit content with their 13-year-old daughter could be as old as 18.
“Looking through the phone and the tablet we did find sexual pictures, conversations that were very inappropriate for her age,” the girl’s mom said.
Her parents said they called sheriff’s officials to protect their daughter, even though the admission could mean she faces criminal charges.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lisa Caruso said there are other options for the teen, not necessarily going through the court system, such as a 12-week program that involves group classes and counseling.
The older teens, however, could face felony charges depending on how old they are determined to be.
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