Published: Aug 17, 2010 7:27 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 4:28 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The State Attorney's Office "no petitioned" both of the girls arrest charges.

The first was possession photographs of a sexual performance by a child. The second was promoting photographs of a sexual performance by a child. We no petitioned them, meaning we're not filing charges in the case.

In this case it's because we found that she was the victim of a crime. The investigation revealed that a crime was actually committed against her. The SAO can't go into any further detail since the case involved a minor.


A Lee County sheriff's deputy made the startling discovery after picking up the girl who had previously been reported missing. According to the arrest report, the deputy searched the girl's cell phone, finding a total of 176 photos - almost half pornographic in nature, but shocking as it may seem - many teens say sexting is becoming a bigger problem by the day.

"A lot of people do it in our school. The majority of people in our school does it."

It's a problem local leaders want answers to. Lee County Boys and Girls Club hosted a panel discussion for teens to talk about the dangers of cell phone abuse and how the click of a button can lead to a world of trouble.

"The issue is it's illegal to send explicit photographs of yourself across the medium. Young people may not know this. It should be up to their parents to educate them. Whoever supplies the phone should educate them."