New York Goes After Teen Sexting

June 6, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — New York state lawmakers are advancing a bill that would create an “educational reform program” for teenagers who get in trouble for creating and sharing pornographic images of minors.  The program, proposed by Assembly Democrats, is intended to give prosecutors and judges a more lenient option for dealing with teenagers accused of “sexting,” using their cellphones, email or social-networking sites to distribute naked and sexually explicit pictures of themselves or classmates.  Lawmakers introduced what they call the “Cyber Crime Youth Rescue Act” on Friday. Gov.Andrew Cuomo hasn’t taken a position on the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Nick Perry of Brooklyn. The measure hasn’t been introduced in the Republican-led Senate.

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