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Senator Proposing New 'Sexting' Bill

Last updated on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

(INDIANA STATEHOUSE) - A state senator has authored a bill dealing with “sexting.”

Republican Jim Merritt of Indianapolis feels the current punishment for "sexting", which is similar to a class C or D felony, is too harsh.

Merritt's bill would establish "sexting" as a delinquent act of a minor creating, transmitting or possessing a photograph, video or other material that shows someone under age in a state of nudity.

Minors caught "sexting" would be dealt with in juvenile court and the punishment would be similar to a truancy or curfew violation.

Eleven states considered "sexting" legislation last year.

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