Teen Sexting Law Approved by Colorado House

by Admin on April 28, 2017

The law was unanimously passed by the lower house in Colorado

Years after it was introduced, a teen sexting law in Colorado has moved closer towards becoming reality after it was passed by the state’s lower house on Wednesday.

According to Denver Post, “The measure to create several new crimes for juvenile sexting passed 65-0 and represents a compromise after years of debate over whether it should be illegal for minors to share explicit photos consensually.”

Currently, possession of images of anyone below 18 years of age is considered a felony.

Due to the fact that many teens participate in sexting consensually, some felt that the penalty was too severe for teenagers and proposed that such consensual activity among teens should be dealt with as a misdemeanor.

However, prosecutors want to keep the option of more serious charges in cases where nude image are shared with others against the consent of the depicted juvenile in cases of harassment or bullying.

The compromise bill makes it a crime to distribute sexually explicit images without the depicted juvenile’s consent. The crime would be a misdemeanor if the person sharing the image is also under 18,” reports Denver Post.

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