NJ Lawmaker Aims To Clarify Child Porn Laws In “Sexting”

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – Teens who send sexually explicit photos by cell phone or social networking sites could avoid harsh legal penalties if a bill in New Jersey becomes law.

“Sexting,” as it has become known, can ruin a young person’s reputation and threatens his or her future.

Take the case of the 14-year-old North Jersey girl who was arrested on child porn charges after posting salacious pics on MySpace.  She could have been forced to register as a sex offender, but was given a break.

“Kids will be kids.  They’ll make impulsive decisions,” notes New Jersey assemblywoman Pam Lampitt of Camden.  But, she says, such bad choices can have a lasting effect.

The bill she is sponsoring would allow first offenders to enter a program in the state attorney general’s office that would teach them about the consequences of what they have done.

“Not only educating the teen but also educating the parent or guardian as well about technology, the proper uses, and the decisions that they make,” Lampitt noted.

The bill was released from committee by a unanimous 6-0 vote, with support from Republicans and Democrats.  The measure now heads for a vote in the full Assembly.   No similar bill has been introduced this session in the state senate.

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Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. ethel says:

    nope its a crime and they need to be held responsible for there action .
    If that pic landed on the internet and some one else viewed it they would be convicted of looking at cp unless they play a role in society like the pentagon,jackie o half brother .

  2. w kokke says:

    Just let the Court decide what do do with a misbehaving child and her parents.
    WHAT TO DO IF A GIRL FROM A SLUM AREA IN WEST PHILADELPHIA IS BEING TRAINED AS A PROSTITUTE BY HER PARENTS?
    Counsel the girl and send her parents to jail!

  3. bottomline says:

    It seems the government is an authority on everything except the job they’ve been delegated to do. They’re the people whom created the child porn laws in the first place. This is not a government issue. This is parent child issue. Meanwhile, just whom is qualified to decide what is porn, or is not porn. As it is said, Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. If some, like the church, had their way we’d be required to wear a blindfold when taking a shower.

  4. SHOCKED IN PHILLY !!!!! says:

    WOWO A POLITICIAN GETTING SOFT OF CHILD PORN !!!!! ???????

    MAYBE SHE WONT GET RE ELECTED, BUT SHE WILL GET MY VOTE. NOT ENOUGH IS SAID ABOUT WHAT IS CONSIDERED CHILD PORN, AND OUR POLITICIANS WANT TO BE TOUGH ON ANYTHING, TO GET RE ELECTED
    NEVER MIND THIS INVOLVES KIDS TAKING PHOTOS.

    TODAY ANYONE CAN FALL VICTIM TO THESE LAWS, ESPECIALLY WHAT IS
    CONSIDERED PORN THESE DAYS, A SIMPLE BABY PHOTO , FROM A PARENT WILL GET YOU ARRESTED. AND… AND, YOU ARE ON A SEX REGISTRY FOR LIFE.. IN SOME CASES, OVER A SINGLE PHOTO. !!!

    STILL ITS GOOD FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, GOOD FOR HIRING PROBATION OFFICERS, AND GOOD FOR JAILERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES

    THESE FOLKS WE SHOULD NOT FEAR….MAYBE THE POLITICIANS WHO JUST WANT TO GET RE ELETED.

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