Bill Would Make ‘Sexting’ By Minors A Criminal Offense In Pa.

HARRISBURG (CBS) – The Pennsylvania House has passed a bill that would create a criminal offense for “sexting” by minors.

This is the second straight two-year session in which state lawmakers have tried to address the problem of minors electronically sending sexually graphic images to each other.

Delaware County House Democrat Greg Vitali says the bill would improperly target teens engaging in consensual behavior, “We are going way beyond our role in the legislature when we try to come down with the hammer of a misdemeanor of the second degree for harmless sexual exploration upon minors.”

But Thomas Caltagirone, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, says law enforcement is looking for guidance on the issue, “We do not need to drag our feet on this. I think this is a good bill; we fine tuned it as best we could.”

The measure now goes to the state Senate.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. Guess Who says:

    It’s pretty stupid to try to criminalize normal teen behavior.

  2. GOD BLESS THESE WONDERFUL says:

    POLITICIANS. THEY WANT TO CONTROL , ARREST, EVERYONE , FOR ANYTHING
    TO SHOW THEY ARE TOUGH ON CRIME.

    I DIDNT VOTE FOR THESE IDIOTS TO WASTE TIME ON THIS. BETTER TO HAVE
    OUR WATER RUINED , AND RIVERS POLLUTED WHILE OUR BOYS FIDDLED IN
    HARRISBURG.

    THROW ALL TEENS IN JAIL, GIVE THEM MEGANS LAW PUNISHMENTS
    RUIN ALL THIER LIVES .. I LIKE IT.

    IVE GOT STOCK IN PRIVATE PRISONS BUSINESSES.. ROCK ON WALL STREET

    SAYS HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE

  3. jenny says:

    For this kind of under-age consensual activity: Government is not a substitute for society’s fabric of peer pressure, parental leadership and personal consequences for personal consensual behavior. In fact, this is a gross abuse by government as it steps squarely into the domain of parents. It goes too far. Government does not, by default, have partial custody of your children, people.

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