Florida eases penalties for teen sexting

CNN) — Before Saturday, a Florida teenager who sent or received nude photos or video could have been charged with a felony and forced to register as a sex offender.

But a new law, recognizing the proliferation of cell phones and computers, eases the penalties for “sexting” infractions.

A first offense is punishable by eight hours of community service or a $60 fine; the second is a misdemeanor and the third is a felony.

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:08 PM EST, Sat October 1, 2011