Idaho Senate passes amended "sexting" bill

Posted at 1:31 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 19:21:36-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Senate passed an amended "sexting" bill Monday that would charge teenagers with a misdemeanor, instead of a felony, if they are caught sending sexually explicit material via mobile devices.

The legislation faced minor changes in the Senate and will now move to the House floor.

The bill classifies most sexting as a misdemeanor, but reserves the right to charge a minor with a felony offense if a minor repeatedly distributes explicit content to large audiences.

Republican Sen. Abby Lee, of Fruitland, says the measure would make a clear distinction between youthful indiscretion and predatory behavior.

Teens convicted under the current law face can prison time and may also have to register as a sex offender.