Yesterday, the Ohio House voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 355, a bill prohibiting anyone younger than 19 from sexting and establish a second-chance program for first time offenses.
First time offenses would be considered a misdemeanor punishable by eight hours of community service, though judges would have discretion to dish out alternative sentences.
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union does not support the bill, because they feel it’s another option for charges and doesn’t eliminate the possibility of teens to be charged with sex crimes for sexting.
According to the ACLU, lawmakers have said they are creating this new crime to give judges and prosecutors an option not to charge young people with more serious crimes, such as a felony offense. But there’s a problem with that: Judges and prosecutors aren’t required to do what these legislators might want.…