Sexting and Possession of Child Pornography — HEA 1053

HEA 1053 contains a definition change of Possession of Child Pornography as a Class D Felony, which can often involve “sexting” by juveniles, by expanding the ages involved from less than sixteen years of age to eighteen years of age.  The change is in bold.

IC 35-42-4-4(c) will now define the offense as a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses: (1) a picture, (2) a drawing, (3) a photograph, (4) a negative image, (5) undeveloped film, (6) a motion picture, (7) a videotape, (8) a digitized image, or (9) any pictorial representation; that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who the person knows is less than eighteen years of age or who appears to be less than eighteen years of age, and that lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value commits possession of child pornography, a Class D felony.

This bill also will repeal the crime of Criminal Deviate Conduct at IC 35-42-4-2.

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One Response to Sexting and Possession of Child Pornography — HEA 1053

  1. Pingback: The Ongoing Challenges of Juvenile Sexting | Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog

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