LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - State Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) testified Wednesday on 'sexting' legislation that is before the House Criminal Justice Committee.
House Bill 53 would revise Ohio law to make 'sexting' a first degree misdemeanor, and while a felony charge would not be ruled out entirely, it would still be reserved for cases in which the true intent of the crime is malicious.
"Minors need to be aware of the repercussions of their decisions and realize that the publicized cases of sexting are not isolated incidents - they can happen to anyone in any school," said Maag. "House Bill 52 will help raise awareness while also ensuring that the punishment fits the crime."
The legislation is in response to an increase of 'sexting' among teens in Ohio. In a case that received national attention, Sycamore High School student Jessica Logan committed suicide after a nude photo of her was spread through the school. Logan's mother, Cynthia, continues to take Jessica's story on a national campaign to alert teens of the dangers of 'sexting.'