By Eames Yates
March 29, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
If two 16 year olds in a consensual relationship send each other naked photos, they could face felony charges of child pornography. But that is expected to change now that House Bill 156 has been passed by Georgia's senate and house. The new bill would make it a misdemeanor. Which has Valdosta divided.
Valdosta resident Kusheka Goodman said "they should have kept it the same as it was [a felony]."
Another Valdosta resident said "it can lead to pregnancy, you can end up with sexually transmitted disease."
Valdosta resident Shiela Johnson said "I don't think they should be charged with felonies or even misdemeanors. Because by the time they're twenty one years old you already got all these charges. It's hard enough for them as it is being a kid."
The bill also closes a child pornography loophole. prosecutors will soon be able to go after anyone who advertises online for minors involved in the sex trade.
Valdosta resident Dennis Follendore said "they should be prosecuted, fined. Yes sir I do, you know how would they feel if that was their kids. Yes I do I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest max."
The bill now goes to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature to make it law.
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