Leon Smith

Sexting Law Change Sought: Bill Would Lessen Severity Of Charge Against 12-Year-Olds

Sexting Law Change Sought: Bill Would Lessen Severity Of Charge Against 12-Year-Olds

Due to a quirk in the law, 12-year-olds who text an inappropriate image of themselves could face a felony charge while a 13-year-old who engages in the same behavior would be charged with a misdemeanor.

Lawmakers are looking to remedy that inconsistency. House Bill 6002 would make it a misdemeanor for all children, not just those 13 and older, to share inappropriate photos. Instead of facing a possible charge of possession of child pornography, they would be charged with the less serious crime of sexting, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison, though such cases are generally handled by the juvenile courts and result in less severe consequences.

It is unclear how...

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