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An Ohio mom was sentenced to four years of probation for “sexting” naked photos of her daughter’s cheerleading rival to teachers and students at the girls’ high school.

Linda Tate, 48, of 332 Springdale Ave., Wintersville, who admitted to sending nude photos of an Indian Creek High School student to school administrators, was placed on four years of probation Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge David Henderson.

Tate was indicted on one count of menacing by stalking, with a juvenile specification. The charge was a felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison. She also was fined $1,000.

Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor Jane Hanlin and defense attorney Peter Olivito came to an agreement whereby the juvenile specification was dropped, reducing the crime to a misdemeanor.

Tate admitted in court that she came into possession of the nude photos and called the sheriff’s department for help in determining if the photos were illegal. She sent the sheriff a copy of the pictures but said she didn’t hear back from him. Tate then admitted she sent copies of the photos to administrators and teachers at the high school.

A subpoena through the county prosecutor’s office lead to the identification of the e-mail’s origin as 332 Springdale Ave., Wintersville, under the name Nick Tate.

The girl in the photo was a homecoming queen and had taken the nude photos of herself and electronically gave the photos to her boyfriend. The photos were somehow removed from the boyfriend’s phone and spread throughout the community.

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