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'Sexting' Teens Avoid Child Porn Charges Under N.J. Bill

The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill yesterday that essentially decriminalizes teen 'sexting,' by allowing the courts to send teens to a diversionary program, rather than strapping them with a criminal record.

As sexting among teens grows increasingly popular -- the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, notes that 20-percent of teens surveyed have sent explicit images -- the legislation commonly used to deal with such "crimes" has spanned from outdated to abused. Teenagers are being charged under child pornography laws; their chances at college or a job lessened by a heinous criminal record. The bill still has to be passed by the Senate and signed by New Jersey's governor to become law. Hopefully this type of commonsense legislation will spawn similar bills in other states.

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