Police have turned their attention to the boy’s cell phone, which they’ve sent to a Toledo crime lab for analysis. They’re trying to determine if the woman sent any explicit photos of herself to the boy, or if the boy sent similar photos to her.
“We are investigating something on a (cell) phone the mom turned over,” Port Clinton police Detective Corbin Carpenter said.
The age of consent in Ohio is 16, so in this case, any charges would likely be related to disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, not unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to police.
Carpenter said his department is still investigating the case. The mother said the boy’s phone contained photos of the woman, and the woman may also have photos of the boy, according to police. Port Clinton Officer Ralph Edmonds is still investigating the case, so Carpenter said he couldn’t provide further details.
Regardless of the age of consent, it would still be a crime to possess nude photos of a minor. “Kids have been getting in trouble, getting involved in ‘sexting’” Carpenter said. “Especially sending these to a minor, (it would be a violation)”
The mother said her son and the woman were together on multiple occasions prior to the boy’s 16th birthday, and the mother suspects sexual activity was amiss, the report said.
Edmonds told the mother charges cannot be filed unless investigators find illegal content on the cell phone. The boy recently turned 16, police said.