SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — Community police officers and school administrators from across Maryland are learning to tackle the digital-age crimes of sexting and electronic dating violence.

Several dozen law-enforcement officials and educators are attending the seminar Wednesday in Sykesville.  The program is run by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute.

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Organizers say young people must learn that sending sexually explicit photographs of people under 18 can lead to federal child pornography charges. They say using a cell phone to intimidate a boyfriend or girlfriend may violate state laws against telephone misuse and harassment. The seminar also includes a discussion of sexual predators on the Internet.

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Organizers say program participants will learn how to talk to young people and their parents about these issues.

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