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West Springfield High School teen sexting sentencing

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The first of three defendants involved in a teen sexting case in Fairfax County was sentenced Wednesday. The teen was sentenced to three days in juvenile detention, 12 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The West Springfield High School students were accused of making secret cell phone videos of themselves having sex with other teens. They were initially charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

During the Wednesday sentencing, the prosecution argued that the girls lives have been turned upside down, creating nightmares for the young women.

The defendant said to Judge Thomas Mann, “I assure you this will never happen again.”

In April, two of the teens accused pleaded guilty to unlawful filming. The teenager who was sentenced Wednesday went forward with a trial. He was convicted of two counts of unlawful filming but found not guilty on child porn charges.

They were accused of taking cell phone videos of themselves having sex with six teenage girls on several occasions without the girls consent.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, Mann called the actions of the defendant cheap, nasty and awful.

Several West Springfield students, who did not want to reveal their identity, say the teenage boys have been shunned.

"After that no one looked at them the same, they always viewed them differently and don't want to sit next to them in class anymore and stuff," says one student.

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