Picture of the State Capitol From Sun Trust Building (Matt Demlein, WRVA)

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Senate Votes On Sexting

Wants Lesser Penalties For Teen Sexting To Avoid Felonies

February 06, 2018 - 9:41 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The State 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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