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New Laws Considered to Deal with ‘Sexting’

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
October 3, 2011

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A Senate interim study is looking at possibly creating new laws to tackle a practice by young people of sending nude pictures and videos through mobile devices.

Prosecutors say current laws aren’t able to adequately tackle the growing issue of sexting among juveniles.

State Representative Anastasia Pittman says Oklahoma needs to update its laws to find suitable punishments rather than a first time felony.

“We don’t want to create a whole new section of sex offenders when they had not done anything violent or to anyone they just took pictures of their own body.”

The Oklahoma City Democrat says she will push legislation to deal with sexting and also educate young people, parents and educators about its dangers.

The interim study is being run by Senator Anthony Sykes who refused to do an interview with KOSU, saying he doesn’t talk to publicly-funded media.

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