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.