FL Enacts New Teen-Sexting Law

Sure, it makes sense that sexting between adults and minors be a criminal offense, but should it really be illegal for teens to sext other teens? Florida Gov. Rick Scott pushed for a new teen-sexting law that went into effect on Saturday; it essentially reduces the punishment for first-time offenders, but repeat offenders can still be branded with sex-offender status for life. Previously, a minor who sent or received an explicit photo in Florida was liable to be charged with a felony and forced to register as a sex offender. The new law reduces the punishment for the first conviction, which is now considered a noncriminal offense that warrants eight hours of community service. A second offense is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, but a third offense remains a felony child-porn conviction.