TODDLER DAD REACTS--A tear rolls down the cheek of Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, as he sits during his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday. At that same hearing, a judge refused to grant bond for Harris, meaning he will remain in jail. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)
Photo: (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)
Photo: (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)

Toddler's death brings sexting into spotlight

The disclosure that Ross Harris sexted with multiple women while his son was dying helped the prosecution paint Harris as a deviant engaged in sordid and shocking behavior.

And for many, sexting is just that — a dark corner of the culture that they know only by rumor. They were horrified to learn that Harris, according to police, had been texting images of his private parts to women.

In fact, however, experts say that much of what goes under the heading of “sexting” has become very close to the mainstream in our culture.

In a special report in Sunday’s AJC, staff writer Craig Schneider explores the topic in depth, interviewing experts in communication, particularly those who study sexual expression in the digital age. They talk about the line between sexting as a normal practice and sexting as a darker behavior that can endanger one or both participants.

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