Bill seeks to discourage sexting

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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that could result in fines and community service for teenagers caught sending nude photos via cell phones or online.

The measure, which passed 99-0 on Wednesday, is aimed at cracking down on the problem of sexting — the sharing of sexually explicit photos or videos by cell phone or online.

Rep. Martha Jane King, the bill's lead sponsor, said teenagers aren't aware of the severity of what they're doing when they engage in sexting.

King said the measure will allow judges to fine minors $100 and order them to perform community service for first-offense sexting.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

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The legislation is House Bill 143.

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