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Parents turn daughter in after finding nude photos on phone

Parents Turn Daughter In After Finding Nude Photos on Phone

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- A Dinwiddie mother got a nasty shock when she went through her daughter's cell phone and tablet. In fact, the pictures she discovered were so disturbing that she turned the girl in to sheriff's deputies.

WTVR reports: The parents discovered their 13-year-old daughter, who is about to enter the eighth-grade, had been sending and receiving naked pictures of other teens using her tablet -- and deeper they dug, the worse it got. In fact, things got so bad they called in the sheriff's department to investigate.

"What scares me is... this much bigger than we realize. How many others are doing this and you don't realize it," asked the Dinwiddie County mother of two.

CBS 6 News is not revealing her name to protect the family's identity.

The parents became aware of what their 13-year-old was doing, when their other child heard voices in her bedroom around 4 a.m.

The parents then confiscated the electronics.

"Looking through the phone and the tablet we did find, sexual pictures, conversations, that were very inappropriate for her age," she said.

While none of the nude photo's showed their daughter with anyone else, there were pictures being sent back and forth with other boys.

"Everybody wanted to be her friend, because according to these people, she was cool now," she said.

They also made a startling discovery involving whom they believe is a high school senior.

"We believe them to be 17-18ish... Definitely older than her, did request they have sex."

The parents said that they called in the sheriff's office to protect their daughter even though she could face criminal charges.

"We did this now to protect her. For now and in the future, because this could get worse, she could be taken," she said.

Commonwealth's Attorney Lisa Caruso said there are other options for the teen, not necessarily going through the court system. However, the older teens could face felony charges depending on their ages.

For the mom, she said parents should make sure all electronics have parental controls in place to keep children from accessing dangerous apps.

The mother said while some may criticize their decision to go to sheriff's investigators, they did so out of fear. They did not want someone to see the pictures and try to find their daughter.

At this point, they said it is all about keeping their daughter safe.

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tharper001 August 22 2014 at 10:51 AM

Bravo to these parents!!! Their daughter is 13 years old, and if she does face charges, it will be juvenile and probably a sealed record! Hats off to these parents, who turned their own daughter in rather than pointing the finger at the older kids!! There should be more out there like yourself!!! This will hopefully nip the direction your daughter was going and scare her enough so she continues down a better path!!!!!

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Kel August 22 2014 at 10:31 AM

And this is a good reason that kids don't need all these electronics...tablets and smartphones. They get into stuff like this & it could ruin their life. If you're going to give your kids these kinds of toys...at least monitor their use. Check the web logs and who they're texting...and check the photos. Why an 8th grader feels the need to send naked pictures of herself to anyone is beyond me. At that age I had no desire to be involved in anything remotely sexual. Our kids today are growing up too quickly.

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ppasake1 August 22 2014 at 11:04 AM

Hooray for these parents! This is what real parents do. You don't cajole, you don't ground...you take decisive memorable action.

Hope your daughter knows how much love it took to take the action you did. I admire you...

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bknab101 August 22 2014 at 11:11 AM

WAY TO GO MOM AND DAD!!! Too many parents don't care what their kids do... most parents do care BUT what do they do when they suspect or find out their kids are doing stuff like this? Take their phone away for a week and hand it right back? These parents are a great example for anyone that has a teen!!

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Jennifer August 22 2014 at 10:38 AM

First, how can the parents protect their kids from something like this? Unless they have parental controls on? Kids will find ways around that eventually. Second, I feel the family did the right thing. Tough love is the way to go. Taking away all her electronics is just going to make her want to do what she did even more. By getting the cops involved, she will realize how serious it is.

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klynno57 August 22 2014 at 10:52 AM

I congratulate these parents for keeping an eye on their children. This could have had a very bad ending otherwise.

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CARRIE JO August 22 2014 at 11:18 AM

It's called tough love! Good for those parents and for their daughter. Most parents would yell at them and that would be it. Kids need to learn that for every action there is a consequence. Why wait or take the chance of something worse happening? Too many parents "bail" their children out of situations and most of them always find trouble again. That is when it becomes the parents' fault!

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boardsrbetter August 22 2014 at 10:33 AM

You let your child get out of control. Then after that display of gre3at parenting you call the cops on here, cause you know, thats how you solve problems with your kids and make them love you.

I'm disappointed in you, mom.

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breybreybrey August 22 2014 at 12:03 PM

It is a wonderful thing to see parents taking control over their child. While some may see this as a parents invasion of privacy, as a parent it is up to you as too how much privacy you give your child. When they begin school, they are not given the freedom to roam about the grounds. They are confined to an area to provide safety. Even in High School, most are not given the freedom to roam freely off the grounds, for their safety. Why, then, does any parent feel that their child should have complete freedom of all choices? If your child is old enough to be in complete control of their own lives, they should be old enough to be out of school, working full time, and in their own place. Until then, the ship your child sails on belongs to you and YOU are the captain !

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llozano August 22 2014 at 10:27 AM

I thought it was the parents duty to protect their children.

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