AN eight-year-old Lincolnshire girl was at the centre of a suspected “sexting” investigation after she uploaded a video to the internet, police information has revealed.
The girl was too young for prosecution when the incident was recorded, in October 2014.
However the Freedom of Information request on “sexting”, sent to Lincolnshire Police, has also revealed two other incidents in the county.
A request by Lincolnshire Echo was made to the force for information on: “The number of children under the age of 18 who have been investigated in the last two years by your force for “sexting” activities.
Lincolnshire Police replied with the case of the young female suspect, along with two other cases.
The second case involved a 12-year-old male suspect. Police said the young boy was believed to have sent images via ‘social networks’ to a 13-year-old girl.
However the force concluded that formal action against the offender was not in the public interest.
That incident was recorded by police in February 2015.
In January this year, police also recorded a female suspect aged 15, who was said to have sent images via social media picture-based app Snapchat, to an 18-year-old man.
Again, the force concluded that ‘Outcome 10’ was best, which states that formal action against an offender is not in the public interest.
In July last year, Lincolnshire Police said criminalising ‘sexting’ teens in the county with cautions or court action should be avoided wherever possible.
It came after Nottinghamshire police sent a letter to schools and warned youngsters that ‘sexting’ or sending explicit pictures to each other could cross laws about distributing indecent images of children.
At the time, a Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “We would ultimately try to avoid criminalising children wherever possible and aim to educate them in order in order to protect them from harm.
“However every case would be dealt with according to circumstances, taking into consideration whether there was any criminal intent, and we would seek CPS advice if we felt that a prosecution In October, in a Lincolnshire Echo front page, police warned about a worrying trend of paedophiles from across the world hunting down intimate pictures of teenagers using social media sites.
Officers said they had started to notice paedophiles tracking down “imprints” of web pages to find pictures which have been removed.
Such explicit images of young people had mostly been exchanged on youngsters’ mobile phones and made public following arguments or relationship breakdowns.