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Indian to stand trial in sexting case
INDIANAPLIS, IN — The Indiana Supreme Court ruled recently that Sameer Thakar will stand trial in the case of his alleged sexting to a 16-year-old girl.
The court ruled unanimously with a 5-0 vote that Thakar, an Indian American former teacher at North Central High School in Indianapolis, will go to trial for allegedly sending a nude photo of himself to the teenaged girl from Oregon in 2014.
If convicted, Thakar could spend up to three years behind bars.
The ruling is surprising in that the state says it is legal to have sex with a 16-year-old, though sexting nude photos to a minor is not.
Thakar allegedly sent the photo to the girl after they discussed her age, and she told him she wished she were 18.
He later confessed to the police that he had a problem with chatting online.
The Indian American has been charged with a felony count of disseminating matter harmful materials to a minor. The charge was originally dismissed last year on the basis that the state’s dissemination statute was vague because the age of consent for sex in Indiana is 16.
While an appeals court upheld the dismissal, the state’s top court disagreed.
The Supreme Court judges acknowledged that while the laws may seem inconsistent, there’s no conflict between them because it’s still possible to follow both simultaneously.