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Unfortunately yes, the statute (11-202) does provide for up to 1 year of jail, plus a fine of up to $5,000
The act is a misdemeanor.
Enforcement depends on the local police authorities and the individual prosecutor assigned to the state. Maryland is unique in that it has failed to make a law specific to the statute.
A minor can also be prosecuted for sexting; one moment please as I locate the VA statute.
Here are the laws in VA:http://vscc.virginia.gov/Sexting.pdf
Both a minor and an adult can be held responsible for sending such pictures.
Under 18.2-374.1, a minor (over the age of 15) can be jailed for 1-20 years for taking a picture; and the possession of it can be prosecuted under 18.2-374.1:1
It may be worthwhile to have an attorney draft a letter stating what the various reprecussions can be for each individual so that perhaps they can agree on a no contact order in lieu of prosecution.
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Blocking the number would be an effective way to ensure that one cannot be charged with receipt-since future images would be blocked.
If the parents are aware that both parties are at risk of prosecution, they would be less likely to pursue-which is why you may want to have an attorney address that point, and offering a good faith no contact order.