May 13, 2010 5:27 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House unanimously Thursday
backed a prohibition on teenagers' "sexting," the practice of
sending racy photos and videos by cell phone.
The proposal (House Bill 1357) by Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma,
would ban people under the age of 17 from using a computer or phone
to transmit "an indecent visual depiction" of themselves or
anyone else. That would include nude photos and pictures or videos
of sexually explicit conduct.
The crime would be a misdemeanor, carrying a fine ranging from
$100 to $250 and a prison sentence of up to 30 days that could be
suspended with 80 hours of court-ordered community service.
The measure heads next to the Senate for debate.