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House Passes Bill That Could Have Teens Facing 15 Years For Trying To Sext


In Washington as in life, certain roads may be paved with good intentions, but critics of a purportedly well-meaning new bill warn it would lead to major suffering for the very people it’s meant to protect: U.S. teenagers.

Last week, the House of Representatives approved H.R.1761, also known as the “Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017,” which builds on current law that makes teen-to-teen sexting a crime. Reportedly aimed at closing “loopholes” in child pornography legislation, the bill received support from all but two Republican congressmen, Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who voted against the bill along with 53 democrats.

Under the present law, any individual who violates its terms or conspires to do “shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 15 years nor more than 30 years.” Second-time offenders, meanwhile, or those that have previously been convicted of related or (in some cases) arguably unrelated offenses under federal and/or military rules, would be fined and imprisoned “for not less than 25 years nor more than 50 years” under the law. Third-time offenders would be fined and imprisoned for “not less than 35 years nor more than life.”

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  1. MatthewLL

    If this bill passes Congress, we can only hope that sponsor Rep Mike Johnson has teenagers who get charged with sexting under federal law. It will take nothing but his children being charged for him to really understand. Sharia law is coming…..the Christian kind.

    Wake up America!

  2. TS

    Does this go the Senate next for processing? If so, maybe they can stop this before it goes any further.

  3. AJ

    With SCOTUS ignoring Karsjens and Snyder, these laws are going to keep springing up. In some ways I say, “good,” the more the merrier. The easier it is to get on the registry, the more people will be personally affected or know someone who’s on it. If we cannot escape the pain, then let’s get EVERYONE in on it, rendering it worthless.

  4. Joe123

    This is a DISGRACE to the United States. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) is not only UNFIT for office by proposing such trash, but he is aiming to get as many young people behind bars as possible, further expanding the Prison Machine. We need to Civilly Commit mental cases like him, as soon as possible. How does such a inhumane being even get into office? 15 years in prison for teens even proposing to sext to each other? Jesus Christ. Nazi Germany and Hitler would be proud of you Representative Mike Johnson, you disgusting and misguided soul. Hopefully when people in this country get their sports and entertainment cut off temporarily, they’ll actually pay attention to what the real deep-down Criminals like you are conjuring up in America and take pitchforks to your home.

    • Timmmy

      I am not sure what this has to do with the Commerce Clause as sexting has nothing to do with commerce, or economic gain between the States

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