No more sexy texts for teens. Starting on Saturday, teen "sexting" is illegal in Florida.
The new state law, which passed in June, bans teens from sending nude or racy photos to each other by phone.
The first offense is a non-criminal violation punishable by eight hours of community service or a $60 fine. The second strike is a first-degree misdemeanor. "Sexting" becomes a felony on the third offense, carrying a maximum five-year prison sentence.
The new law softens punishment for teen offenders, who often were prosecuted under child porn laws and labeled as sex offenders.
In 2008, an Orlando-area teen was charged with sending child pornography after sending naked photos of his 16-year-old girlfriend to friends and family by phone.
Phillip Alpert, then 18, was sentenced to four years probation and is now a registered sex offender.
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