Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Virginia ponders relieving teens from legal uncertainty over "sexting" bu then backs off.


The Virginia Crime Commission has so far declined to proceed in refining the state’s child pornography laws with respect to teen “sexting” on cell phones.

This seems to more the result of disinclination to take a specific stand than anything else. Right now prosecutors have extreme discretion in deciding whether and how to prosecute, with the possibility on paper of mandatory registration for what a teenager may view as curiosity or a harmless prank.

However, some legislators want to exempt texting by minors from the state’s laws, or make them misdemeanors.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch story by Frank Green is here.

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