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Vermont Considers Legalizing Teen 'Sexting'

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Associated Press: The Vermont Legislature is considering a bill that would legalize so-called "sexting" between teenagers.

Sexting refers to the exchange of explicit photos and videos via mobile phone. Under current laws, participants can be charged with child pornography, but lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize the consensual exchange of graphic images between two people 13 to 18 years old. Passing along such images to others would remain a crime.

Supporters told The Burlington Free Press they don't want to condone the behavior but they don't think teenagers should be prosecuted as sex offenders for consensual conduct.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month. The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on it this week.

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Kirstie April 13, 2009, 9:15 AM

Sexting is, of course stupid - and any child caught doing it should catch absolutely HELL from their parents for it. But Vermont’s got the right idea in this case - this law will keep your child from having to register as a sex offender, which means they can never work with children, will be kept off school property, etc. It prevents life-long repercussions from a moment of adolescent stupidity which, while embarrassing for him/her and her family, isn’t overtly dangerous.

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