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Lawmakers consider lessening penalties for teen "sexting"

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Iowa lawmakers are considering lessening the penalties for teenagers who "sext" while in a relationship.

Senate Study Bill 3189 (SSB3189) was passed through the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday.

The bill aims to change the law for teenagers who "sext," or send an image depicting a sex act or nudity and sexual exploitation of a minor via text message.

According to SSB3189, it is currently a serious misdemeanor to disseminate obscene material to a minor, and a conviction requires the individual to register as a sex offender.

If passed, teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 would not be found guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor if the material they sent was knowingly created with the consent of the person(s) depicted, and if the teenagers do not further disseminate or exhibit the material.
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