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Tougher sexting bill advances in House



A Florida House committee whose members had been reluctant to vote on a sexting bill moved the measure forward Thursday after toughening penalties for minors caught sending sexually explicit photos or videos, primarily using their cell phones.

The amended version of the proposal would make the second time a child is found to be sexting a first-degree -- rather than second-degree -- misdemeanor. Whereas a second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, a first-degree offense could have penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The first sexting offense would still not be a crime.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 10:37am]


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