Assembly delivers message against ‘sexting,’ 78-0

TRENTON – An Assembly bill addressing sexting, or sexually provocative and graphic texting, by having offenders pass a “diversionary program” for juvenile offenses, was approved Monday.

The bill, A1561, is sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6), of Cherry Hill, and establishes an educational program as an alternative to prosecution for certain juveniles who are charged with a criminal offense for posting sexually suggestive or sexually explicit photographs, or who engage in the behavior commonly known as “sexting,” in which these pictures are transmitted via cell phones.

“Our children today are growing up in a very different world,” Lampitt said. The educational program, she said, will help children understand “digital is forever.”

It will also avoid having the children prosecuted as sex offenders.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21), of Westfield, put his weight behind the bill, too.

“The reason this bill is so important is because it sends a message to the judiciary.”

Assembly delivers message against ‘sexting,’ 78-0