A group of nearly 40 community police officers and school administrators got together in Montgomery County for training about the dangers of digital-age crimes such as electronic dating abuse, Internet sexual predators and sexting ­­­­­­— sending sexually explicit photos over text messages.


Bruce Lohr, community crime specialist at the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, said these actions are most common among teenage students as a way of flirting, gossiping, enhancing social status, blackmailing and humiliating.


“It’s from the technology. Not many years ago, taking pictures with a cell phone was not the common thing,” Lohr said. “As technology grows, so, unfortunately, does the misuse of technology.”