Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of Ohio
Currently, a minor who is caught creating, distributing or possessing a sexually explicit image of a minor could be prosecuted under the State of Ohio’s child pornography laws and if convicted, required to register as a sex offender. There is proposed legislation that would reduce the severity of the crime for minors caught sexting to a misdemeanor and no requirement to register as a sex offender.
Ohio lawmakers have proposed a sexting statute so that minors and other teenagers would not be subject to the harsh punishments associated with a felony conviction under the child pornography laws. However, the attempts at getting sexting reduced to a misdemeanor offense have not yet been successful. Therefore, currently under Ohio law if a teenager is caught sexting they could be prosecuted under Ohio’s child pornography laws.
Law and Punishment
In general, under Ohio’s child pornography laws it is a felony offense to:
- Create, record, film, develop reproduce or publish any material that shows a minor participating in a sexual activity.
- Sell or advertise any material of a minor engaged in a sexual act.
- Knowingly solicit, receive, purchase, exchange, possess or control any material that shows a minor participating or engaging in a sexual activity.
- Photograph any minor in the state of nudity, or create, transfer, or produce any material that shows a minor in a state of nudity.
If convicted could receive up to 8 years in jail and/or a fine and will need to register as a sex offender.
Charged with a felony.
Up to 8 years in jail.
Register as a sex offender.
Latest News Concerning Sexting in Ohio
Cincinnati.com | Novemer 14, 2011
WTOL | August 26, 2011
Coshocton Tribune | June 24, 2011
WTOL CBS | June 15, 2011
Cincinnati.com | May 26, 2011
News Harold | February 25, 2011
HLN | January 11, 2011
19 Action News | May 19, 2010
Cincinnati.com | May 12, 2009
Cincinnati.com | July 12, 2010
The Today Show | March 6, 2009
The Register | October 8, 2008
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