19-year-old Anthony Stancl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, plus an additional 13 years of extended supervision, for sexual crimes initiated on Facebook. He posed as a female and enticed other teens to send him sexually explicit images of themselves, then used those images to blackmail them.
The District Attorney prosecuting the case said he is not sure the message is getting out to the kids, as sexting continues to grow as a problem among our teens. He is quoted as saying: “I’m just not sure they’re hearing this message…I hope their parents are.”
I agree. Parents, we need to know what our kids are doing online, and help them understand that there are real, long-term ramifications to their actions.