Lynchburg, VA asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Virginia

Q: can i get in trouble for being 23 sending a 16 year old boy nude photos of myself unknowingly?

i was unaware the boy was 16 i was told he was 18 and i have never physically met this boy in real life just sent photos on the app snapchat i was just made aware he is 16 and i am 23 he saved all photos and videos and now using them as blackmail to sleep with me

1 Lawyer Answer
Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins
  • Juvenile Law Lawyer
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Unfortunately there are many scams that are going around where people are doing this for either money or other kinds of issues. I would keep screen shots of everything and go to the police for extortion. Cut off contact, but do not change your number - just don't reply to anything they are sending to you. Keep all of the information for the police. There are laws against sending "obscene" material but you would rather it was you being upfront about what is going on than them going to the police and spinning the story against you later which would be WAY WORSE. Get yourself a defense attorney as well - consult local counsel.

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