West Virginia Lawmakers Ban Sexting By Minors< < Back to
The West Virginia legislature has banned sexting by minors.
The bill passed unanimously by the Senate Friday defines sexting as any digital possession or transmission of sexually explicit images of a minor.
It states that when a minor does it, it is equal to an adult felony level offense.
For a first sexting offense the punishment would include a diversionary education program.
The bill says that the internet's permanence and huge potential audience give sexting unforeseen consequences and make it more serious than it would have been in a pre-digital age. It also references bullying and cyberbullying in explaining the gravity of sexting offenses.