State Senate passes bill, ‘sexting’ teens could avoid felony
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.
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.