The answer is YES. If you are under 18 and you send nude or semi-nude pictures of yourself or anyone else who is under 18 you can be charged with child pornography. If the person you send the picture to doesn't report it and they are caught, or if they send it on--whether they are under or over 18 (even if the picture is of themselves)--they can also be charged with child pornography. Is that clear now??
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Sending any kind of nude pictures of someone under 18 is illegal as it falls under child pornography laws. Anybody that receives the picture, regardless of their age, can be charged unless they immediately report it to authorities. "Sexting" also refers to sending sexually suggestive text messages without pictures. Generally this type of sexting is not illegal, it is just stupid. A general rule of thumb is to assume sext messages will be made public at some point and avoid them.