A boy who sent a naked photograph of himself to a girl at school has had the crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him by police, the BBC has learnt.
The boy, aged 14, who was not formally arrested or charged, could have his details stored for at least 10 years.
The information could also be disclosed to future employers, his mother said.
The Criminal Bar Association said the case highlights the dangers of needlessly criminalising children.
The schoolboy, who lives in the north of England, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme he took the naked photo of himself in his own bedroom.
He then sent it to a girl from his school using Snapchat – an app which deletes direct messages within 10 seconds.
However, before the image disappeared, the girl saved it on her own phone and it was then sent to other pupils at the school.
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