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New WV law bans juveniles from sexting

New WV law bans juveniles from sexting

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- A new law in West Virginia will ban sexting between juveniles.

As of July 12th, producing, possessing, or distributing sexual text and media messages will be illegal between minors.

Police said Thursday this further defines existing laws that count adults sexting with minors as child pornography, by addressing the juvenile to juvenile sexting issue more clearly.

"It's clearly illegal. It was clearly illegal before," said Sgt. W. A. Pendleton, "in the fact that it was child pornography. This just gives us a better way to deal with it when it's juvenile to juvenile."

The state Supreme Court will also develop and educational diversion program to teach offenders the consequences of sexting.

Local parent Crystal Kirk said she hopes the law protects her daughter.

"I think it's awesome," she said. "I think it's long overdue. I think [sexting] gets our [nation's] kids in a lot of trouble, gets them active in sex way earlier than they should be."

Convicted minors will be guilty of an act of delinquency. The law will not require them to register as sex offenders.

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