Rhode Island passes law to ban sexting

Posted: 07/15/11 at 8:05 am EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island is laying down the law on sexting.

The state has made it illegal to send explicit sexual photos via text message.

The new law allows police to charge anyone under the age of 18 for sexting a photo of themselves.

There are stiffer penalties for those who may send that photo on to someone else.

Parents say the law is a good move.

"I don't think they realize the impact at the age that they are,” Debbie Doeg said. “They don't realize the implications it can have when they get older, looking for a job, because it doesn't go away.

Anyone who receives a sexually explicit image of an underage person and sends it out or posts it online could be charged under the state's child pornography laws.

The sender would also be forced to register as a sex offender.

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