Tough call. The days of dirty basement kiddy pornographers are LONG gone and we’ve moved into an era where there’s a democratization of pornographication available to nearly anybody of any age.
But laws have not shifted to reflect this new reality.
I refer you to this image. As you are 18+ and in an authority position in this situation, you may have to save yourself first and let the system process them as it does.
Law’s law, even though it’s weird and sucks. Hopefully they have a decent lawyer to minimize the fallout.
I hate the term “sexting”. Anyway. here is a state-by-state list of laws. Find the state this is in and you’ll get at least some idea what’s in store for them.
Might make your role easier to play.
As I hate law talk, I usually look at the “bill number” and search for that. Usually a reporter or blog has an easy english breakdown of it.
That’s a way worse case altogether but it’s something to consider. If they decide you’re obstructing justice, it could fall on your head.
Listen to your boss. Maybe AFTER you’re out of the court process, you can follow their case, write letters and stuff.
But court’s a meat grinder. I’m sorry you have to go through it at all.
You’re welcome. I’d shit myself in a bad way if I had to do what you gotta do. Good luck.