Connecticut lawmakers are considering a way to keep young people off the state’s sex offender registry if convicted of “sexting.”
Sexting — a contraction of “sex” and “texting” — is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs electronically, often between mobile phones.
Under existing law in Connecticut, sending or receiving messages that include nude or sexual images falls under the state’s child pornography statutes. Those convicted are put on a state sex-offender registry.
The proposed bill, which was being debated on Monday by the state legislature’s joint judiciary committee in Hartford, would reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor when the sexting is between minors of 13 to 18 years of age who are in some sort of relationship.