Sunshine Sensibility

teen sextingIn an admittedly odd bout of sensibility Florida, not a state known for decriminalizing anything, has chosen to greatly reduce the penalties that minors  suffer from getting caught sexting each other – and it was Governor Rick Scott pushed for the change, which surprises me – pleasantly so – even more.

Now, instead of teens immediately facing felony charges for distributing child pornography and a lifetime on the sexual offenders registry, their first offense is non-criminal and results in merely a $60 fine and eight hours of community service. Even the second offense is only a first-degree misdemeanor. Third and subsequent offenses, however, still carry the same felony charges and penalties as before.

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