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Felony convictions but no extra jail time in Fairfax County student sexting case

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A judge in Fairfax County has now issued rulings (and sentences) for all three teenage boys connected with a "sexting" case.

The three were handcuffed and arrested at West Springfield High School in January. They were charged with making secret videos of sexual encounters with high school girls and sharing the videos among themselves.

All three have now been found guilty of at least one felony. At a sentencing hearing Thursday, District Judge Thomas Mann noted that one of the boys had high grades and an excellent reputation, but "you were leading this secret life leading to the victimization of people who trusted you."

The two teens who were convicted Thursday escaped further jail time, in part, because they cooperated with prosecutors. The third boy found guilty in the case is spending three nights in the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center. (When all three were arrested in January, all three spent about 72 hours at that facility before being released.)

The judge has sternly warned all three teenage boys to have no contact with any of the girls who were recorded in intimate encounters. All three boys have also transferred to new high schools.

Judge Mann told each of the teens he will consider dropping the convictions to the level of a misdemeanor if, over the next 12 months, they perform some unspecified action which "give[s] back to the community."

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