BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Penobscot County prosecutors are questioning the way they handle cases involving minors who are taking and sending suggestive pictures of themselves on their cell phones, or "sexting."
An increasing number of "sexting" cases have been brought to the Penobscot County District Attorney in the past year.
The cases sometimes involve older individuals. However, the pictures are also frequently sent between individuals who are in a relationship.
Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts said some of the child pornography laws are not evolving with technology, which is causing problems for prosecutors.
For example, a 16-year-old girl can legally have consensual sex with her 19-year-old boyfriend in the state of Maine. However, if the 16-year-old sends a nude picture to her boyfriend, it is considered a felony under Maine's child pornography law.