TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey teenagers caught texting or posting sexually explicit photos online could avoid prosecution under a measure approved by a state Senate panel Monday.
The measure targets “sexting,” the practice of sending explicit photos by cell phone, e-mail or Internet posts. It’s a nationwide problem that has confounded parents, school administrators and law enforcement.
The bill that cleared the Senate committee would give first-time offenders the chance to complete an education program.
The bill was unanimously approved in the Assembly in March. It now heads for a vote in the full Senate.
Lawmakers took up the issue after a 14-year-old New Jersey girl allegedly posted nude pictures of herself on MySpace and was arrested on child pornography charges last summer. She eventually received probation and court-ordered counseling.
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