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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Crack Down On ‘Sexting’ By Minors

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A bill designed to crack down on the practice of “sexting” by minors in Pennsylvania is on its way to Governor Corbett’s desk, and a spokesman says the governor is expected to sign it.

The bill creates a tiered approach to the practice of minors transmitting nude or sexually explicit images of themselves or other youths. It would be a misdemeanor for more severe offenses, such as when it is done without consent or to bully someone. But it would also be a summary offense even in cases where it is consensual, something that troubled Delaware County Democrat Greg Vitali.

“To criminalize this sort of teenage experimentation, I think is the wrong way to go.”

The sexting bill was one of a flurry of bills sent to the governor in what legislative leaders said would be the last voting day of the current two-year session. One major piece of legislation that did not get done was charter school reform.

Support for a Senate-passed bill collapsed in the House Wednesday night.

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