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Sexting Bill Passes Senate

The Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill intended to keep teenagers who willingly share sexually explicit images with each other from being branded felony sex offenders. The measure, which passed on a bipartisan 35-to-5 vote, would give prosecutors the option to charge “sexting” among minors as a misdemeanor. Under current law, the sender and recipient can be charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography, a felony. That means prosecutors must choose between bringing felony charges or doing nothing. Senator Bill Stanley, a Republican from Franklin County, sponsored the bill with Senator Scott Surovell, a Democrat from Fairfax.

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