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Teen faces sex crime charges against herself over nude selfies

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina teen accused of sending a nude selfie to her boyfriend last fall is now facing felony sex crime charges against herself, Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies say.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Tuesday that the Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for the 16-year-old girl as both the adult perpetrator and the minor victim of two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

If convicted, the girl could be sent to prison and would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Police also charged her boyfriend with five counts of sexual exploitation of minor. If convicted, he also faces prison time and registering as a sex offender.

The charges also forced the quarterback off the football team, the paper reported.

Psychologist Jeff Temple of the University of Texas Medical Branch said his research has found that 28 percent of teens use their cellphones to send naked photos of themselves to other teens. So does a 2014 study published by researchers at Drexel University in Pennsylvania.

Sexting a photo is considered illegal in North Carolina, but the age of consent for sexual activity is 16.