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SOUTH MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa.-- Three students from Boiling Springs High School are facing charges for sexting.

State police say in January a 15-year-old boy sent sexually explicit images to a 17-year-old girl. She then sent the images to a 17-year-old boy. He took a picture of them on another phone and sent the images back to the 15-year-old boy.

"Teens have not changed, but technology has so with the advent of easier technology with the face booking and pictures, we find this does happen more often," State Trooper Ed Asbury said.

He said the state police became involved in April, when the two boys threatened to fight each other. All three will face charges for the transmission of sexually explicit images by a minor. The 15-year-old will face a summary offense, and the two 17-years-old will face misdemeanors because they shared the image of the 15-year-old. Prior to 2012, the teenagers would have faced child pornography charges.

"Back in 2012, this new statute was placed for just such cases like this so young lives are not ruined by simple mistakes," Trooper Asbury said.

Trooper Asbury said the teenagers could punishments such as fines for community service. They will face no punishment from the school because none of this took place on school grounds. School officials said they have classes and workshops aimed at avoiding these scenarios. Trooper Asbury said think before you share.

"Rule of thumb is, if you can't show grandma, you shouldn't be sending it," he said.