FLORIDA (CNN) — Before October 1, 2011, a Florida teenager who sent or received nude photos or video could have been charged with a felony and forced to register as a sex offender. But a new law, which was approved in June 2011, recognizing the proliferation of cell phones and computers, eases the penalties for “sexting” infractions:
- first offense is punishable by eight hours of community service or a $60 fine;
- second offense is a misdemeanor; and
- third offense is a felony.
Under House Bill 75, teens who receive explicit images will not be charged if they took reasonable steps to report it, did not solicit the image and did not send it to someone.
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