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Proposed Sexting Bill

CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio legislator plans to introduce
a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for minors to send nude
images over their cell phones.
Republican state Rep. Ronald Maag said Thursday that the bill
would make creation, exchange and possession of nude materials
through a telecommunications device by minors a first degree
misdemeanor. Minors showing themselves nude in text messages could
face the same charge.
The practice, termed 'sexting' is an increasing concern for
parents, school officials and authorities.
Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel had asked legislators for
changes in Ohio law. Currently, minors involved in sexting could
face felony charges under Ohio's child pornography law.
Maag says prosecutors still could pursue harsher penalties if
appropriate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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