Sexting is one of these new trendy terms that we come to get as granted nowadays. It is the combination of the words sex and texting. It is usually the transmission of text messages (SMS) with sexually explicit content. These are often part of an intimate ritual of a couple, however it is often becoming the way of harassing someone. Unsolicited text messages are often disturbing and they usually fall under certain categories of offences in different jurisdictions, including sexual offences, stalking and harassment. Establishing the source of text messages is often important in criminal investigations. This may be a complicated process if the messages have been sent using a web-based platform and thus spoofed.
Selfies have now reached an epidemic, when people (especially young teenagers) send sexually explicit photos of themselves. Selfies (as the word denotes) are pictures that someone took of themselves.
One of the most disturbing issues is that more and more "selfies" become part of the child pornography pool available on the web. In a recent investigation, almost half of the alleged indecent images of children held by Police Scotland were in fact "selfies".
Different jurisdictions deal with issues like this in different ways. In the United States if the person depicted on a selfie is underage, then she (or he) are charged for creating and distributing child pornography, even if the picture was taken by themselves.
At Strathclyde Forensics we deal with sexting and selfies on a regular basis. We have many private clients who have consulted us for related concerns. One of the most high profile cases that we successfully worked on (that is on the public domain) is the case ofArtur Boruc -v- News of the World.
We provide a professional and discreet service. We understand that this is a sensitive matter, and people's lives, relationships, marriages and childhoods may depend on resolving these issues. If you have any concerns, especially if it involves children, please contact us without wasting any valuable time.