New Ohio House Bill Would Ban Sexting For Those Under 21


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A new Ohio House bill prohibits anyone under 21 from sexting. Or, as the bill puts it: purposely creating, distributing, posting or possessing "through a telecommunications device any sexually explicit digital material."

While there are already laws on the books banning the sending or possession of explicit materials involving children, this new bill aims to lessen the consequences for those sexting while under the age of 21. As teens and young adults accused of sexting are currently charged with possession of child pornography and can be labeled sex offenders.

"This gives kids an opportunity to not ruin their life for something they did that's really stupid," State Rep. Brian Hill of Zanesville, co-sponsor of the bill, told

Along with fellow Republican, Rep. Jeff Rezabek, Hill wants to educate kids on the dangers of sexting through school programs, but also offer second chances for those accused. In recent years, some teens arrested for sexting have later committed suicide.

Naturally, there will be exceptions set in place, including those who have photos of their husband or wife (read how another proposed Ohio bill aims to raise the state's minimum marrying age right here).

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