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VA: New bill could allow prosecutors to hold more “sexting” minors accountable


BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) – A local prosecutor says a proposed bill that charges teens who willfully send illicit images to one another, with a misdemeanor instead of a felony, could allow them to charge more people.

This bill already passed the Virginia Senate.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance spoke on behalf of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorney’s in favor of this bill before the courts subcommittee.

Nance said the juvenile courts system allows for rehabilitation instead of incarceration.

“No prosecutor when an individual is a juvenile necessarily wants to label that person as a sex offender or as a felon,” said Nance.

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“’No prosecutor when an individual is a juvenile necessarily wants to label that person as a sex offender or as a felon,’ said Nance.”

Then don’t charge them. Problem solved.


An empty law. DAs want as many felony convictions as they can get without regard to anything else, including victims. They’ll never charge a misdemeanor when a felony charge is available.

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