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Sexting bill headed to Idaho Senate

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 18:39:56-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho teenagers 17 or younger could be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony if they are caught "sexting" under a bill headed to the Senate floor.

The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee on Friday unanimously approved House Bill 555, which would make most sexting between minors a misdemeanor offense. However, a minor who mass distributes the content would be charged with a felony after a second offense

Sexting typically involves teens using a mobile phone to send sexually explicit images of themselves or others.

Current state law says anyone who transmits an explicit image of a teen can face stiff penalties, including prison time and a requirement to register as a sex offender.

So far, more than a dozen states have reduced penalties in recent years for minors convicted of sexting.