Lawmakers are taking on a
number of issues at the Louisiana State Capitol on Tuesday and sexting is one
Sexting is generally
referred to as the sending of sexually explicit photos through a cell phone. There
is a bill up for consideration that could change the current sexting law. SB 557 by state Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, is
largely a technical change in the law, but it does expand the prohibition of
There is already a law that
prohibits sexting between those under the age of 17, but the current statute
only allows for prosecution from the origination of the indecent picture.
The new law would allow
victims to square out complaints in their own home parish instead of having to
travel to where the image was sent from.
"I told them I didn't think
the statute sexting covered that situation, since it only defined the sending
of the visual depiction and they agreed with me," said Judge Kent Savoie of the 14th Judicial District Court. "The only
thing I would suggest to you is that the language that's in the current bill
that says 'originated' be changed to 'was transmitted.' That copy is the
language of the definition of the crime."
This bill only applies to
juveniles or first offense violators. It carries a 10-day jail term and $100
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