Kansas Senate to make final decision on whether to reduce penalty for teens caught sexting

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Teenagers who are charged with sexting---could soon get a break. Kansas lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill Tuesday  to reduce the penalty.

Sexting is currently a felony that involves prison time. If the bill passes, it would reduce the act to a misdemeanor for teenagers from 12 to 18-years old.

On Monday, Senators gave the bill a first-round approval. The House approved its own version of the legislation earlier this month.

Currently, a teen found guilty of sexting faces a felony charge with up to 11 years and four months behind bars. That teen also has to file as a sex-offender for life. The new law would change that.

"It created an imbalance," John Douglass with the Shawnee Mission School District said. "You had children who were 16, 17, who were dealing with children who were 15 and 14, receiving very, very harsh penalties."

A final vote in the senate is expected Tuesday.

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