NJ Senate to consider 'sexting' legislation
TRENTON, N.J. - June 29, 2011 (WPVI) -- New Jersey teenagers caught texting sexually explicit photos or posting them online could avoid prosecution if a measure survives a final vote in the state Senate Wednesday.
The bill 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 would give first-time offenders the chance to complete an education program.
Lawmakers took up the issue after a 14-year-old 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.
The Assembly unanimously approved the idea in March. The Senate will decide whether to send it to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.
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