Authorities in Utah have arrested a woman for allegedly helping her 13-year-old daughter text nude photos to a 30-year-old man. The young girl’s mother, a 35-year-old woman has been charged in district court with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, the teenager told detectives she has an older boyfriend who lives in Oregon. She said he sent her a cellphone and asked her to send him naked photos of herself.
The girl was unable to figure out how to work the cellphone, so her mother allegedly helped her take three nude photos with the device. The images were then texted to the Oregon boyfriend. When questioned by police, the girl’s mother admitted helping her daughter with the cellphone. She also said she was aware the teen had planned to send the photos to the man.
Each of the second-degree felony charges is punishable with a maximum of eight years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
The sheriff’s office has notified authorities in Oregon about the case and investigators there have launched an investigation into the teen’s boyfriend.
Utah’s legislature has passed a bill allowing schools to drop their sex education programs and forbidding any instruction on the use of contraception. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday in a 19-10 vote, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports.
Some Democrats spoke up against the bill and asked questions about it, but its sponsor refused to answer. “I think everybody basically knows where they are on this issue,” she said.
“To replace the parent in the school setting, among people who we have no idea what their morals are … I think is wrongheaded,” said one Republican supporting the bill.
But one Democrat attacked it as “a mandate against reality,” while another pointed out that not every child has “parents who are ready to have a conversation about appropriate sexual activity.”
LiveScience reports, the telephone survey of more than 350,000 adults posed questions about emotional health, work environment, and self-evaluation for the present and five years down the road.
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- Hawaii: 70.2
- North Dakota: 70.0
- Minnesota: 69.2
- Utah: 69.0
- Alaska: 69.0
- West Virginia: 62.3
- Kentucky: 63.3
- Mississippi: 63.4
- Delaware: 64.2
- Ohio: 64.5