New Jersey Lawmakers Closer To Letting ‘Sexting’ Teens Avoid Charges

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.

What do you think of the bill? Sound off in our Comments section below…

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  1. leroy slater says:

    i think that it should be legal to send what i want
    to to any body i want to.
    and they can not like it
    NOT TO MEAN there rights get in the way of my rights
    “shield thy own eyes naive” great britain about 1066 ad

  2. DanTe says:

    I agree with this law. It’s always nice to see aspiring prostitutes, or “fun” girls. Does the guys good.

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