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Counter Intelligence: Making Teen "Sexting" Legal

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    Counter Intelligence: Making Teen "Sexting" Legal
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    Sexting between teens can result in charges of child pornography, but lawmakers said they don't want teens who participate in the exchange of graphic photos and videos via cell phone to be prosecuted as sex offenders.

    See what state is considering making teen "sexting" legal and check out our list of must-reads that will have you chatting at the lunch counter, over IM or wherever it is that people actually talk these days.

    • The Vermont legislature is considering a bill that would make "sexting" between teenagers legal. Currently, sexting between teens can result in charges of child pornography, but lawmakers said they don't want teens who participate in the exchange of graphic photos and videos via cell phone to be prosecuted as sex offenders. Those exempt from child porn statues would be consenting teens between the ages of 13 to 18.
       
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