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Virginia State Senate Passes "Sexting" Bill

Posted: Feb 06, 2018 8:13 AM Updated:
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The Virginia Senate has passed a bill intended to keep teenagers who willingly share sexually explicit images with one another from being branded felony sex offenders.

The bill passed Monday on a bipartisan 35-to-5 vote. It was sponsored by Republican Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. and Democratic Sen. Scott A. Surovell.

Stanley says the bill would give prosecutors the option to charge "sexting" among minors as a misdemeanor. Under current law, the sender and recipient can be charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography, a felony.

Democratic Sen. J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen says the bill is well-intentioned but could criminally charge minors for something that parents should handle. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration.

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