It is a common practice among teenagers, and San Jose criminal defense attorneys often warn that these practices increase the risk of teenagers exposing themselves to the risk of sex crime charges. Recently, messaging app Snapchat admitted that more than 200,000 user accounts on its servers had been breached, and as a result, hundreds of thousands of images had been released on the Internet. Those include many nude and sexually explicit images of teenagers, or minors.
According to Snapchat, the database of pictures that had been taken over a number of years, was hacked into and leaked onto online message boards. Many of those images constitute child pornography, because they include sexually explicit, nude, and seminude pictures of minors.
High school children are especially fond of using Snapchat to text sexual pictures of themselves to boyfriends or girlfriends, and such practices have become widespread in many high schools across the country. This is in spite of the fact that a minor who shares such images of himself or herself with others using text messaging apps or social media networks like Snapchat, places himself at risk of misuse of those pictures. Those images can quickly circulate even on an app like Snapchat which is designed to destroy pictures within a few seconds. However, in far too many cases, images have been stored, and actually circulated leading to severe embarrassment and humiliation for these teens.
Besides, you are at risk for charges of sex crimes if you are caught with pictures of underage boys and girls on your smartphone. Those pictures could be of your boyfriend or girlfriend or someone you don't even know, but if those images are found on your phone, you could face child porn charges.