HTN: Florida eases penalties for " Teen Sexting"

MagicBob

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Before Saturday, a Florida teenager who sent or received nude photos or video could have been charged with a felony and forced to register as a sex offender.
But a new law, recognizing the proliferation of cell phones and computers, eases the penalties for "sexting" infractions.
A first offense is punishable by eight hours of community service or a $60 fine; the second is a misdemeanor and the third is a felony.
State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, sponsored the legislation, which was approved in June.When our child pornography laws were written, they failed to take into account advances in technology, such as cell phones," Abruzzo said in a statement published on the website of CNN affiliate WPBF in West Palm Beach. "(This bill) modernizes these laws to ensure that children's lives are not ruined due to youthful indiscretion. This reform will let our youth know that such behavior is wrong without labeling them sex offenders for the rest of their lives."
CNN could not immediately reach Abruzzo for comment Saturday.
Under House Bill 75, teens who receive explicit images won't be charged if they took reasonable steps to report it, did not solicit the image and did not send it to someone.
A recent Associated Press/MTV poll of Internet behavior found one of three teen and young adult respondents said they've taken part in "sexting," which includes sending sexually charged texts. The survey is part of MTV's "A Thin Line" campaign, a multi-year effort to stamp out digital abuse.
Seventy-one percent of the survey's respondents said that "sexting" is a problem for Web users their age.
Ten percent of respondents who said they'd exchanged sexual messages said they'd done so with people they know only online -- a steep drop from the 29 percent who said they'd done so in 2009.
"There's probably a lot of kids who don't realize how this (sexting) could impact their life," Karl Bergstrom of Fort Myers told CNN affiliate WINK.
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-01/us/us_florida-sexting_1_sexting-mtv-poll-cell-phones?_s=PM:US
 

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Good. A teenager should not be registered as a sex offender for sending a picture of themselves. They're fucking diluting the requirements to become registered so much that it's not going to carry any weight anymore. Here in California you can be forced to register if you're caught urinating in public.
 

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Good. A teenager should not be registered as a sex offender for sending a picture of themselves. They're fucking diluting the requirements to become registered so much that it's not going to carry any weight anymore. Here in California you can be forced to register if you're caught urinating in public.
Agreed. Supposedly a lot of states are re-examining the penalties for "teen sexting". Overall they need to change the requirements for who goes on that list.
 

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I still see a "this representative sponsored a bill that takes it easy on sex criminals" ad in this politician's future...

Sent from my fucking phone, so I'm going to misspell shit.
 

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I still see a "this representative sponsored a bill that takes it easy on sex criminals" ad in this politician's future...

Sent from my fucking phone, so I'm going to misspell shit.
i see a "he wants to soften penalties for teen sexting, does he get sexts from teens?" in the future
 

MagicBob

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kinda strange when you think about it...

not illegal for teens to SHOW each other their privates, or even to rub them against each other... but take a picture of yer teen privates and send it to a teen friend that wants to see them and its illegal.
 

Stormrider666

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I still see a "this representative sponsored a bill that takes it easy on sex criminals" ad in this politician's future...

Sent from my fucking phone, so I'm going to misspell shit.
Unfortunately you're right.
 

Stormrider666

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kinda strange when you think about it...

not illegal for teens to SHOW each other their privates, or even to rub them against each other... but take a picture of yer teen privates and send it to a teen friend that wants to see them and its illegal.
The problem is the picture just never stays with teen B. Teen B shows or sends the photo to other people. Depending how far that goes, the photo usually winds up on the internet.
 

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The problem is the picture just never stays with teen B. Teen B shows or sends the photo to other people. Depending how far that goes, the photo usually winds up on the internet.
Not exactly, the problem is the image of the little teen cunny is illegal to produce, distribute, or possess regardless of who the image is of.