Old laws collide with digital reality in teen sexting cases

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Laws from the pre-smartphone era are colliding with the digitally saturated reality of today's high schools in recent sexting cases across the country.

In Canon City, Colorado, where hundreds of explicit images have been turned over to police, school officials say they had no choice but to go to law enforcement to report what is technically child pornography. At the same time, they say they can't offer counseling to students worried about the scandal because they'd have to report those otherwise confidential conversations.

Canon City School Superintendent George Welsh says the laws intended to protect youth from sexual predators have put the school in a Catch-22.