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Congress Passes Bill to Throw Parents of Sexting Teens in Jail for 15 Years

Rachel Blevins

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This bill includes a 15-year, mandatory minimum sentence, and has such strict guidelines that a teenager who attempts to obtain a photo of sexually explicit conduct by requesting it from another teenager, would be in violation.

The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill to criminalize “sexting” among teenagers. But that’s not all. This ominous bill also punishes their parents by making them face a 15-year mandatory, minimum sentence.


H.R. 1761, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, seeks to “criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes.”

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