Couple charged with child sexting

A MAN and his girlfriend allegedly coerced children to send them naked photos in a serious case of "sexting".

The Warwick Child Protection Investigation Unit yesterday wrapped up a month-long investigation into the sexting case in which the victims were three girls aged between 13 and 15.

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs usually between mobile phones.

Acting Plains Clothes Sergeant Russell Joyce said an 18-year-old Clifton man was yesterday charged with using a carriage service to engage in sexual activity with a child, two counts of attempting to use a carriage service to procure a child and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

He was also charged with an additional 11 similar offences last month.

The man's 17-year-old Allora girlfriend was charged with two counts of procuring child pornography and possessing child pornography.

Police said the pair worked together during some of the offences which occurred in the Warwick district.

"Between March and September (the offenders) using their mobile phones have coerced children to send them naked images," Acting Plain Clothes Sergeant Joyce said.

"(The man) has also engaged in other sexual activity with children."

Many underage teenagers do not realise they are committing offences when sending naked photos of themselves.

An additional eight children, including the alleged sexting victims, have been dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The couple will face court on October 16.